Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith couldn’t believe the shocking news that fellow wideout Anquan Boldin had been traded to the San Francisco 49ers, the team Boldin helped the Ravens defeat in their 34-31 Super Bowl XLVII victory.
“Anquan Boldin traded to 49ers for a sixth-round pick….WHAT!!!” Smith wrote on his Twitter account Monday afternoon.
“This business is BS at times.”
Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco urged Boldin in a Saturday conversation with USA TODAY Sports‘ Robert Klemko to stick to his guns, and now he’s a 49er for standing on principle.
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Boldin was traded to San Francisco on Monday for a sixth-round pick, a person with knowledge of the transaction told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because the trade is not official, pending a physical.
The trade ends the back-and-forth drama between Boldin and the Ravens. Boldin, who is scheduled to earn $6 million this season, balked at a pay cut, telling USA TODAY Sports he was unwilling to reduce his salary in order to stay with the team. He caught 22 postseason passes for 380 yards with four touchdowns, including six catches for 104 yards and a score in the Super Bowl.
“At no point, no matter how well I played would I come back to the table and say, ‘I need more money,’ ” Boldin told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. “The contract that I signed was the contract that I intended to play out.”
Now it appears he will do that in San Francisco.
Boldin was on a charity mission to Africa and neither he nor his agents, Ben Dogra and Tom Condon of CAA, could be reached for comment immediately Monday.
Boldin led the Ravens in receiving yards the past three seasons since arriving in a trade from the Arizona Cardinals. Now Flacco will have to find rapport with a new No. 1 target, something he’d hoped to avoid.
“Without him, we don’t win the Super Bowl. He’s a huge part of this team and someone I want to see back,” Flacco told USA TODAY Sports over the weekend.
The deal also adds fuel to the NFC West rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and 49ers. Only hours after the Seahawks pulled off a trade with the Minnesota Vikings for wide receiver Percy Harvin, the Niners countered with Boldin.