Ravens want to reduce Anquan Boldin's salary or he'll be released, sources say

The Super Bowl champion Ravens are attempting to lower the salary of veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin, and it could lead to his release by Tuesday if talks are unsuccessful, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.

At one point Friday the Ravens were on the verge of releasing Boldin and he had prepared a statement thanking the fans for their support for his time in Baltimore. Now, though, the team remains hopeful of working something out with the three-time Pro Bowl selection.


Boldin, 32, is due a $6 million salary and carries a $7.531 million salary-cap figure.

One source stated early Saturday morning, "Unless something dramatic happens, it's an absolute done deal that Anquan will be released."

The Ravens are $12.263 million under the salary cap after terminating the contract of offensive guard Bobbie Williams.

They are attempting to secure as much as salary-cap space as possible to try to retain free agent inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who's expected to command a hefty contract.

Boldin excelled last season, catching 65 passes for 921 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season.

He caught 22 passes for 380 yards and four touchdowns during the playoffs as the Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, averaging 17.3 yards per reception.

Quarterback Joe Flacco, who was just made the highest-paid player in the game through a $120.6 million contract, said Monday that he wants the Ravens to be able to hold onto Boldin.

"I'll tell you what: Anquan was a beast in those four games," Flacco said Monday in a reference to Boldin's postseason performance. "It was awesome to have him out there. You guys saw some of the catches that he made, none more important than the third down against San Francisco.

"He's been a big part of this offense. He's a big part of why I'm standing here talking to you guys. [The contract] definitely increases my confidence that we'll have him back, and I hope we do."