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05 Mar 2010

Cardinals Trade Boldin To Ravens

Ravens get Anquan Boldin and the Cardinals' fifth-round pick.

Cardinals get the Ravens' third- and fourth-round picks.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 05 Mar 2010

31 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2010, 4:41am by sports-veronica


by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 03/05/2010 - 8:28pm

That seems very, very cheap for the Ravens, does it not?

by Theo :: Sun, 03/07/2010 - 7:50pm

yes. you try to find a WR like that with a 3rd AND a fourth. And Boldin is still pretty young.
It's a great deal for the Ravens.

by td (not verified) :: Fri, 03/05/2010 - 8:32pm

He's an aging, frequently hurt wide receiver. He's an upgrade for the Ravens at WR2, but if they're counting on him to be a WR1, I'm not sure he's up to the task.

by jimbohead :: Fri, 03/05/2010 - 9:01pm

That's my impression as well. It must suck for Boldin; he was hideously underpaid in his best years relative to production, and now he's probably past the point where someone is willing to pay him top dollar. We'll see what Baltimore is willing to give him.

by Theo :: Sun, 03/07/2010 - 7:52pm

You're forgetting this:
If he's a upgrade at #2, then maybe he can be #1 and make number 2, 3 and 4 and the TE better?!

by Big Johnson (not verified) :: Tue, 03/09/2010 - 3:53pm

He said he doesnt know if hes up to the task at #1. Thats the same thing you put by saying "maybe he can be #1". He didn't forget anything, he just has a different opinion than you.

by Justin Zeth :: Fri, 03/05/2010 - 9:11pm

Boldin signed an extension for 3 years/$25 million, $10 million guaranteed, per Schefter.

by justanothersteve :: Fri, 03/05/2010 - 9:13pm

Baltimore suddenly has a receiving corps, though given the age of their players some may call it a corpse. First Stallworth, now this. Are they still interested in Walter? Stallworth, Boldin, and Mason is not the trio they'd have been about 4 years ago. But it's far better than they've had since they became the Ravens.

by MJK :: Fri, 03/05/2010 - 10:02pm

Man, Stallworth, Boldin, and Mason would have been a brutally powerful combination at WR...3 years ago.

by Brendan Scolari :: Fri, 03/05/2010 - 11:13pm

I don't understand the whole "Boldin is past his prime" thing. The man is 29 years old! I don't see any reason why he can't have at least another year or two of elite production, barring the Ravens offense holding him back. I think this is a great deal for the Ravens. If you look at the 4th and 5th round pick swap as having pretty similiar value, it really just becomes Boldin for a 3rd rounder. I'd take that any day of the week.

And the Niners are looking better and better in the NFC West, although I suppose the Cards ridiculous WR depth will keep this from hurting them too much.

by Bobman :: Sat, 03/06/2010 - 2:36am

29? What an old fart!

Seriously, this seems like a decent move for the Ravens--good WR when healthy, possibly the next on their team. A vet, but I'd assume three years left on his tires. Young, potent running attach and young strong-armed QB. Legendary LT in the making. Good price.

As a Colts fan, I say booo! Not Boo-urns! Just boo!

by DavidL :: Sat, 03/06/2010 - 4:21am

I was saying boo-urns.

by cdubya (not verified) :: Fri, 03/05/2010 - 11:28pm

Boldin was among the best receivers in the league 2 years ago...and was still quite productive when healthy last season. Obviously not having Fitzy opposite him will bring more coverage his way, but he has already proven he can be effective without him. Injury risks aside, it's a more than reasonable price as far as both trade compensation and contract value.

by Dice :: Sat, 03/06/2010 - 12:07am

I like this move.

by Raiderjoe :: Sat, 03/06/2010 - 1:26am

mason still on team? didnt see him listed on ravens updated rooster.
might team brng bcak M Clayotn and d willaism? If yes then tema have Boldin, stallworth, and clytonm and williams. good 4some. not ferasome 4some, more like fairsome 4some but defeinitely better than feeblesome foursome
did mason retire again? if did then ,maybe come back out of retirment again. first time retire was like week after mcnair killed, then mason changed mind after maybe one more week thne came back.

by 0t (not verified) :: Sat, 03/06/2010 - 3:06am

Mason's a UFA for now, seeking a multi-year contract. Clayton was given 1st round tender, Williams 5th I think. WR standings as they are now are likely Boldin/Stallworth/Clayton. It's suspected that Mason will return (and Harbaugh has stated he's open to a re-sign), but rumors also have him making the rounds of free agency. Doesn't sound like he's seriously planning to retire this year so much as making a money/security play.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 03/06/2010 - 6:03am

Seems like the Ravens did well for a 3rd/4th round pick.

After all Randy Moss was the same age when he moved to the Raiders (and while not productive there) he's still more than capable five years later in New England.

Beyond injury concerns, the only question I have about Boldin is attitude. He's wanted out of Arizona for a couple of years. Not really sure what the issue is. Possibly something about contracts.

by C (not verified) :: Sat, 03/06/2010 - 8:00am

Boldin is a huge upgrade to anything the Ravens have. The Ravens haven't had decent play by any WR not named Mason in years, and now HE is an old one.

I don't think the Ravens gave up too much for him, and they didn't overpay.

For all the people calling Boldin "old", realize that he was never a speed guy to begin with. He is probably the toughest WR in the league.

I think based on the bigger QB, O-Line, and deeper drop backs Boldin can do very well in Baltimore, and that team HAD to address the position. He's a better fit than say giving up the pick to grab Brandon Marshall.

by perly :: Sun, 03/07/2010 - 12:26am

For all that he may be the toughest WR in the league, Boldin hasn't played a full season since 2006. Now those injuries could all be fluky and have no causal relationship with his style of play, or they could be a result of his being such a physical blocker and possession receiver. Most people (the Cards included) seem to be betting on the second, which makes him old, no matter his age.

Still, the Ravens had to make this move. It's not enough, but it's a huge start.

by perly :: Sun, 03/07/2010 - 12:26am
by James-London :: Sat, 03/06/2010 - 9:04am

As a Miami fan, I'd have been very happy if the same deal had taken him to Florida.

Phil Simms is a Cretin.

by Big Johnson (not verified) :: Sat, 03/06/2010 - 9:05am

This was a great signing for the ravens. Boldin is the man. At this point in his career he might be the least appreciated wide receiver of all time. Doesn't he lead the nfl all time in yards per game? Boldin is better than say a brandon marshall and hes much cheaper.

I really hope the chargers can sign leigh bodden. Havent heard anything about him yet.

by tuluse :: Sat, 03/06/2010 - 6:19pm

Doesn't he lead the nfl all time in yards per game?

Yeah that's because other guys got old and their yards per game went down. Which is what's about to happen to Boldin.

by Big Johnson (not verified) :: Sat, 03/06/2010 - 6:40pm

Fitz isnt old. Vincent jackson isnt old. Andre johnson isnt old. Marshall isnt old. 29 is a strange age for predicting this player is done. Hes had a better career than larry fitzgerald and yet hes getting treated like hes equal to kevin walter. Hes also played the last two seasons extremely unhappy, yet gave it all he got. Hes one of those high motor guys which is rare to find at wide receiver. I don't understand the hate. This is the steal of the offseason.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sun, 03/07/2010 - 9:59am

30 is seen as a barrier to signing players to longterm deals even though there have been extremely productive players in their mid 30s. Of course a 30-year-old free agent is predominantly interested in securing his longterm future.

If a guy is 27 a team will happily sign him to a six or seven year deal, but when's he's 29 and asking for longer term, teams are unwilling to take the risk.

I think it's become more prevalent in recent years because teams started signing their rookies to six or seven year deals about five years ago which then put the player at 29 when they come to sign a second deal.

by td (not verified) :: Sun, 03/07/2010 - 8:56pm

It isn't that he's old, it's that he hasn't been able to stay on the field. Bob Sanders isn't old, either, but I wouldn't want my team bringing him in, either.

by hobot (not verified) :: Sat, 03/06/2010 - 2:10pm

As a Cowboys fan, I am further infuriated by the Williams trade. Boldin's new deal isn't even as rich as the one JJ gave to Williams. Baltimore's patience and savvy almost makes the daily criticism of the boys sound true.

by silentrat :: Mon, 03/08/2010 - 12:11am

The past two years, Anquan Boldin has missed 5 games, in 2008 he missed a little bit because of his BROKEN FACE. Cut the guy some slack.

by Big Johnson (not verified) :: Mon, 03/08/2010 - 9:49pm

Yeah doesnt make sense. Boldin is on pace for a hall of fame career and im pretty sure a bashed head won't have lingering affects. Arizona did everything they possibly could to try and screw his career. This signing is gonna be huge for Flacco. There are 4 clear cut AFC division winners now. I will eat a snail with bird poop on it if the patriots, ravens, colts, and chargers dont win their divisions.

by Eddo :: Tue, 03/09/2010 - 12:14pm

Is this a serious post?

Hall of Fame career? Have you noticed how difficult it is for wide receivers to make the Hall of Fame? Especially when Boldin will be up against: Moss, Owens, Harrison, Wayne, Andre Johnson, Chad Johnson, and Fitzgerald.

You're "pretty sure a bashed head won't have lingering affects[sic]"? Tell that to Ted Johnson or Andre Waters or the dozens of other former players who are suffering today because of head injuries, usually much less severe than Boldin's, that occurred twenty years ago.