How Will Baltimore Ravens Replace Anquan Boldin?

By Devin O'Barr
Anquan Boldin celebrates
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It has been a wicked offseason for Anquan Boldin and the NFL free agency period hasn’t even begun. The Baltimore Ravens are fresh off of a Super Bowl victory, however, the team has asked Boldin to take a $2M pay cut given the high contract demands of Joe Flacco.

Boldin said earlier this offseason that he would retire rather than play for another team, but I think that was simply the Super Bowl champagne talking. Although he will turn 33-years-old this October, Boldin remains a play-maker in this league who would be helpful to 31 other teams. Boldin’s name will be thrown around a lot this summer as he was incredible this postseason hauling in 22 passes and reaching the end-zone four times.

He was an unlikely hero in the playoffs, but without his production the Ravens would’ve not been NFL champions. The Ravens biggest weakness heading into the playoffs was their lacking wide receiving core as they were without a 1,000 yard receiver in 2012.

Flacco is now the highest paid player in the NFL, however, the Ravens can’t expect much from him with an inconsistent Torrey Smith being the teams number one wideout. It will be a down year for Baltimore if they can’t find a replacement to their leading receiver in Boldin who has been Flacco’s security blanket since 2010.

I doubt offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is taking very kindly to the news that Boldin is on his way out of town, but he may have to get creative this year without the highly effective Boldin on the roster. Caldwell could make Tandon Doss into a star who is just 23 years old and was a fourth round pick in 2012.

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