Last month, Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin told Pro Football Talk that, if he’s cut by the Ravens, he’ll retire.
“Once a Raven, always a Raven,” he added.
He may no longer be a Raven.
According to Jarrett Bell of USA Today, Boldin has rejected the team’s proposal to reduce his $6 million base salary. The veteran is prepared to become an unrestricted free agent, if/when he is cut.
In hindsight, Boldin perhaps shouldn’t have said he’ll retire if he’s cut. That comment surely emboldened the Ravens to take a run at creating some cap space by backing him into a corner.
At the Scouting Combine, Ravens assistant G.M. Eric DeCosta told Pro Football Talk, “Anquan’s a Raven.” Asked whether he’ll be a Raven at a base salary of $6 million, DeCosta said, “We’ll see.”
The answer is, for now, no. Once the Ravens realize that Boldin is serious about playing elsewhere, the answer could change to yes.