On Monday the Baltimore Ravens traded Anquan Boldin to the San Fransisco 49ers for a sixth round draft pick. This seems like a crazy move for a team that just won the Super Bowl. Boldin had a pretty good regular season but was amazing in the playoffs. Joe Flacco, who just signed a huge deal to stay with the Ravens, made it known that he wanted the receiver back next season.
Boldin was still under contract, but the Ravens wanted to restructure his deal. They were asking him to take a $2 million pay cut. Boldin’s stance was for the team to honor the contract that they had agreed to. Neither side seemed to budge any, so the only logical thing to do was trade him, right? Trading your top receiver seems like a drastic move for a team on top of the football world.
This trade should alarm other NFL players out there. Up until now, we’ve seen owners throwing money at players to lure them away. The players often take the heat for making too much money, but the owners are handing it to them. The owners are the ones giving in to the demands.
That is until now. On Monday, the Ravens made a stance that said we need to save some money and free up some cap space. Two million dollars seems like a small amount for the owners to decide it’s time to part ways with Boldin. If other owners decide to start looking at their teams in the same way, we may see other valuable pieces moved from team to team in order to save a dollar.