Just over a month after the two teams squared off in Super Bowl XLVII, the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens have agreed on a trade to send wide receiver Anquan Boldin to San Fran in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
The trade cannot be made official until Boldin, who is in Africa on a mission, passes a physical. But if and when the deal is completed, it’ll be a cap-clearing move for Baltimore and a no-brainer move for the Niners. The 32-year-old wideout was the leading receiver for the Super Bowl champion Ravens in 2012, hauling in 65 passes for 921 yards during the regular season. He also had a monstrous postseason, piling up 22 receptions, 380 yards and four touchdowns in four playoff games.
Boldin is set to make $6 million in 2013, a figure that would have been difficult for the Ravens to fit into their salary cap figure, especially after signing QB Joe Flacco to a mega-deal earlier this year. San Fran not only has the cap space to bring Boldin aboard, but it was expected to be in the market for a No. 2 receiver to pair with Michael Crabtree. The Niners were also going into the draft loaded with 15 picks at their disposal, so losing a sixth rounder basically doesn’t phase them one bit.
The 10-year vet caught six passes for 104 yards and a score against the 49ers in Baltimore’s Super Bowl win, so Jim Harbaugh and Co. saw close up how clutch of a performer the 6’1″, 220-pound Boldin can be. A big-bodied possession receiver is exactly what the doctor ordered for gun-slinging QB Colin Kaepernick and the acquisition adds yet another weapon to an offense already filled with dangerous playmakers.
This deal seemingly came out of nowhere, but the Ravens were able to save some much-needed cash, and the 49ers hit it big, getting a proven and reliable receiver with valuable playoff experience under his belt.