Now that the Ravens have traded wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick, general manager Ozzie Newsome has acknowledged how difficult it was to part ways with the three-time Pro Bowl selection.
The deal isn't official until Boldin, 32, returns from his relief trip to Senegal and takes and passes a physical, which isn't expected to be an issue.
Boldin caught 186 passes for 2,645 yards and 14 touchdowns in three seasons with the Ravens after being acquired via a trade from the Arizona Cardinals. He caught 22 passes for 380 yards and four touchdowns during the postseason, including six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
"Managing and assembling your roster is difficult and among the most important things we do," Newsome said. "It is not always pleasant, and in the case of Anquan, it is unpleasant. We know he can still play at a high level. What he has done in his three seasons with us goes well beyond the numbers, and his numbers are very good. He fit in as a Raven from Day One.
"His leadership, just by the way he played and prepared, was a powerful force for us. And when we needed the tough catch in important times, he made those. Look at his production in our Super Bowl run. He stepped up in a big way. When he wasn't targeted, or when we weren't passing, his blocking was outstanding. We all thank 'Q' for what he did for the Ravens over the last three years."