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Boldin’s chances of staying in Baltimore at 50-50

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The situation surrounding the future of Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin has gone from awkward to strange.

After Alex Marvez of 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.

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20 Responses to “Boldin’s chances of staying in Baltimore at 50-50”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Mar 9, 2013 10:58 PM

    I’d love to see him in Carolina, but that’s probably about as likely as public funding for the stadium.

  2. PhillySports25 says: Mar 9, 2013 11:02 PM

    If the $6 million is really such a big deal to them, maybe they could have given Flacco $6 million less. I don’t think it would have killed him (especially considering how much of his contract couldn’t have been earned without Boldin.

  3. hutch119 says: Mar 9, 2013 11:03 PM

    They pay Flacco a gross sum for that SB run and won’t keep this guy, who was as important as Flacco, for 7 million?

    Who is going to catch all those prayers Flacco lobs up now?

    Most likely the defense.

  4. mikeb1354 says: Mar 9, 2013 11:06 PM

    Retires dolphin. 1 year 7 million. Boldin, hartline, bess, and Jared cook sound good to me.

  5. eshine76 says: Mar 9, 2013 11:08 PM

    Flacco is going to look pretty ordinary without Boldin making things happen.

  6. skeebo80 says: Mar 9, 2013 11:09 PM

    It’s really ridiculous that the Ravens wouldn’t give Bolden $6 mil but Flaaco a $120 mil contract. Smh Ozzie may be a bit overrated.

  7. bengalskuta82 says: Mar 9, 2013 11:59 PM

    Not suprised at all. He can and he will get paid elsewhere

  8. ravenaintor says: Mar 10, 2013 1:09 AM

    Greatest front office in sports will get this figured out…. trust me!

  9. bspurloc says: Mar 10, 2013 3:21 AM

    when u over pay for a qb that is no where close to being elite u dont have money left to complete the team.
    good luck with that

  10. theuglitruth says: Mar 10, 2013 4:56 AM

    Huh…it looks like Baltimore is dealing with a little of what Arizona had to deal with when Boldin was a Cardinal. So much for him keeping his word about Ravens or retirement…not surprising if you knew how he acted in AZ.

  11. timsizzle83 says: Mar 10, 2013 4:59 AM

    Over payed for joe as of now, that’s not whats hurting us this yr with Qs cap numbers though. Needing a pass rusher a ilb and a safety is whats making that number look big. We also have a 5 million $ fb who stands to lose. 4 qbs in the league better than flacco right now, Brees, Peyton, Brady, Rodgers. Only 3 of which id even consider taking over joe to lead the ravens. Think his overall deal is crazy now? Just wait until luck and griffin go to get payed.

  12. phreakin says: Mar 10, 2013 6:33 AM

    Something tells me he might be coming back to Arizona VERY soon…

  13. bmore44 says: Mar 10, 2013 6:44 AM

    Big Steve , you need to step in and pay Boldin the 6 mil or redo a deal to keep him a Raven for life . Even you cut him and bring in a Vet WR, it’s going to cost 3 mil. What are you really saving 3 mil ? 6 mil not that much for a WR of his caliber and experience.

  14. ravensfan19 says: Mar 10, 2013 8:32 AM

    Its funny how People say Boldin made Flacco but when Other Receivers make the likes of Brady and Peyton look good the Receivers don’t get the Credit. The reason Flacco had to throw those lobs is because Boldin is never Open because Boldin cannot get Separation from DB’s. That’s why You always see Boldin make those Catches in Traffic. If You actually Watched the Ravens during the Regular Season you would know a Problem with Our Offense was too Many times are Receivers were never Open.

  15. dbfan4ever says: Mar 10, 2013 8:36 AM

    Now that Flacco makes the big money Ravens fans have to hope that he is Brady or Manning like and can make any receiver look good. He is making elite QB money now he has to prove that he can put himself in the elite qb status with his performances on Sunday.

  16. 6thsense79 says: Mar 10, 2013 8:50 AM

    Will you guys blaming Flacco’s contract for the Ravens not paying Boldin this year stop you’re embarrassing yourselves. Flacco counts $6.8 million against the cap this year. That’s around what his cap number was last year. For this year if the Ravens don’t want to pay Boldin his 2013 salary of $6 million it has nothing to do with Flacco’s contract. Even next year Flacco’s cap number is right around $14 million which is not a rediculous number.

  17. stevez51 says: Mar 10, 2013 9:06 AM

    Everyone needs to remember its a business. If there was no salary cap every team would be the Yankees.( except Cincy ) This is just another way to scream about Flacco’s deal. Who’s up next..??? Ryan, Stafford’s cap # is around $22 mil.

    It’s too easy for other teams fans to say lets get this guy. Lets build a fantasy team. Look how it worked out for Philly…

  18. Cereal says: Mar 10, 2013 9:32 AM

    Boldin wants to be in B’more, there he’ll remain

  19. iamedreed says: Mar 10, 2013 10:42 AM

    people who actually watch all the ravens games realize he has lost more then a step and struggles to get separation against man coverage.

    and before we start talking about his great hands lets not forget he dropped what would have been the game winning TD in pittsburgh when it bounced off his chest in the AFCCG

    hes not worth 6million, take an extension, drop your cap number or good riddance

  20. seattlenative57 says: Mar 10, 2013 11:18 AM

    So much for him being a “Raven for life”.

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