The situation surrounding the future of Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin has gone from awkward to strange.
After Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reported that Boldin was facing a Tuesday deadline to take a pay cut or take a hike and Jarrett Bell of USA Today reported that Boldin had rejected the team’s offer and is preparing to go elsewhere, Boldin himself told Adam Schefter of ESPN that Boldin was aware of no effort to restructure his contract.
We’ve confirmed that discussions have indeed occurred, regardless of whether Boldin knew or didn’t know about the communication. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Boldin’s chances of staying with the Ravens currently are parked at 50-50.
There’s a suspicion that Boldin’s agent is trying to get Boldin cut, which suggests that the agent may be aware of another team that is willing to pay Boldin more than the $6 million he’s due to earn in 2013.
In the end, Boldin’s status in Baltimore may turn on the question of whether the Ravens are willing to bite the bullet and pay Boldin $6 million this season. And whether Boldin, once he’s informed of the team’s final offer, is truly willing to walk away from the Ravens in lieu of taking less money.