The one thing I never hear the end of from Baltimore Ravens fans is how they shouldn’t have traded Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers. Recently GM Ozzie Newsome spoke out to NBCSports.com about the Boldin trade.
“The acquisitions of Elvis Dumervil and Michael Huff are a direct result of the money we saved from that contract … and other guys we got — Chris Canty, Marcus Spears, Daryl Smith — were helped by those savings. So if you ask the question, you can’t just say, ‘Do you wish you kept him?’ You also have to look at the unintended consequences of your actions.”
Well said if you ask me. Boldin never had the greatest numbers during his three years in Baltimore. Never more then 65 catches, never 1,000 yards receiving, and never more than seven touchdown catches in a season. The postseason, on the other hand, was a different story.
Being the experienced vet that Boldin is, he knew that these chances don’t come around often, so he came in with the mind set that he’s going to outwork every defensive back and seize the day. The real question though is: was that the peak of Boldin? Could we ever expect Boldin to keep that up? No.
Let’s face facts — Boldin is on the plus side of 30. Nothing against him, I loved the guy — I even had one of his jerseys. I still believe Boldin can be productive for another couple of years and I would have loved for the Ravens to have kept him for the right price.
In the salary cap world of the NFL, sometimes you have to make difficult decisions. A great playmaker has taken away from Joe Flacco at the cost of a much-needed overhaul on defense. Newsome was right to make the move.
The recent additions of Brandon Stokley and Dallas Clark can’t be expected to replace the production of Boldin and recently-injured Dennis Pitta, but they’ll help offset the losses. The offense will find ways to score points. The defense won’t give up as many points and should be able to get more takeaways for the offense. It may take a while. but everyone will see that Newsome was right in hindsight.