Carroll County Times

Ravens trade Boldin to 49ers

The Baltimore Ravens parted ways with wide receiver Anquan Boldin Monday, trading Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the NFL draft, according to multiple reports.

The move ended several days of speculation regarding Boldin's future with the Ravens after reports first surfaced Friday that Baltimore intended to release Boldin if he declined to reduce his $6 million base salary for next season.

Boldin reportedly declined and, Monday, he was dealt to the 49ers.

But the move really shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

Yes, Boldin was the Ravens' leading receiver last season and played a critical role in Baltimore's run to a Super Bowl title, but the Ravens were looking to create more room under the salary cap heading into free agency and Boldin is a player that, for as important as he was in Baltimore winning the Super Bowl, will be 33 in October and was set to count $7.531 million against the salary cap.

That didn't make the move popular among Boldin's now former Ravens teammates though.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith was one of several Ravens to respond to the trade on Twitter.

Smith tweeted: "This business is BS at times."

Boldin led Baltimore in both catches (65) and yards (921) last season. He added 22 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns in the playoffs, including five catches for 60 yards and two scores in the Ravens' AFC championship win over the New England Patriots and six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in Baltimore's Super Bowl victory over San Francisco.

Boldin was the Ravens' leader in receiving yards each of the last three seasons after Baltimore traded for him in 2010.

"I hate the business side of this league!," tweeted Ravens safety Bernard Pollard. "Don't get me wrong, I understand it though. [But], Anquan Boldin, you will be missed bro! Respect, big bro!"

Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo added on Twitter: "It just sucks you can be so important to a team and not be retained. He deserved his 7 million, but the cap is what it is."

And by trading Boldin, the Ravens trim around $6 million off of their 2013 salary cap and, even after assigning tenders to restricted free agents Dennis Pitta, Arthur Jones and Ed Dickson, are around $13 million under the cap heading into the beginning of the free agency period.

NOTE: According to reports, Baltimore assigned second round tenders to Pitta and Jones and an original round tender to Dickson, who was selected in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft. The second-round tender is worth $2.023 million. The original round tender is worth $1.323 million.

If any team signs Pitta or Jones to an offer sheet that the Ravens don't match, Baltimore will be compensated with a second-round pick in the draft. Likewise, if a team signs Dickson to an offer sheet the Ravens choose not to match, Baltimore will be awarded a third round selection.