49ers acquire WR Boldin from Ravens
March 13, 2013
BALTIMORE — Here's a Super Bowl twist: A guy who helped Baltimore beat San Francisco for the NFL title now is a 49er.
San Francisco acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin from the Ravens for a sixth-round draft pick Monday. Boldin, a star in Baltimore's run to the Super Bowl title last season, must pass a physical to complete the deal.
The Ravens announced the trade Monday, prompting a disappointed response from quarterback Joe Flacco.
"Anquan was a great receiver for myself and for our football team," said Flacco, who signed a six-year, $120.6 million deal with the Ravens last week. "It's sad to see a guy like that go, but at the same time you want what's best for him and you just wish him the best of luck.
"Anquan was a big part of this football team, a big part of this offense. He's one of the main reasons we won the Super Bowl this year."
Boldin had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the 49ers.
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The 32-year-old Boldin had said he'd consider retirement rather than leave Baltimore. But going to the NFC champions might change his mind.
Boldin and former Cardinals teammate Larry Fitzgerald are in Africa for a relief trip and Boldin was not immediately available for comment.
A 10-year veteran, Boldin led Baltimore with 65 catches for 921 yards and four TDs in 2012. He was sensational in the postseason with 16 receptions for 276 yards and three scores.
Boldin spent the first seven seasons of his NFL career with Arizona, which lost the 2009 Super Bowl to Pittsburgh. In that game, Boldin caught eight passes for 84 yards.