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Ravens want Boldin to take $2 million pay cut

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So what will it take for the Ravens to keep receiver Anquan Boldin?

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens want Boldin to take a $2 million pay cut.

Boldin is due to earn $6 million, with a cap number of $7.531 million.

Per Wilson, the Ravens were close to cutting Boldin on Friday; it was so close to happening that the player had prepared a statement thanking the fans for their support.  But now that it has become more and more apparent that Boldin will change course from his proclamation to Pro Football Talk that he’ll play for the Ravens or no one, the Ravens have pushed back from the brink.

For now.

Still, it’s unclear how much the Ravens will pay.  The team clearly believes $6 million is too much.  The question is whether and to what extent Boldin will take a reduction.

The best outcome could be a mutual face-saving, in which Boldin decreases his base salary and can make back the difference via playing time and/or performance.Either way, it’s now clear that Boldin will be playing football in 2013.  The question is whether it will be for the Ravens or someone else.

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68 Responses to “Ravens want Boldin to take $2 million pay cut”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Mar 10, 2013 4:35 PM

    This is what happens when you pay for a franchise QB. It’s the hard reality of the salary cap.

  2. ravenator says: Mar 10, 2013 4:35 PM

    Give it a rest, Boldin will be a raven

  3. ragincjun7645 says: Mar 10, 2013 4:37 PM

    But who will catch Flacco’s bombs? Defenses may opt to cover Jones once in a while

  4. thesmartest1 says: Mar 10, 2013 4:38 PM

    The ugly side of Pro Football shows it’s face once again. Do everything right and….

  5. MTLighthouse69 says: Mar 10, 2013 4:38 PM

    I think that some of these dudes are going to get a rude awakening if/when they hit the marketplace. The money just might not be there for them. They just might end up back with the teams they left taking less than if they had just signed a contract before they left.

  6. effjohntaylornorelation says: Mar 10, 2013 4:38 PM

    He’s a great player who can surely earn more than what e Ravens are offering. I hope he finds access elsewhere because Baltimore doesn’t seem to appreciate what they have in him.

  7. tonyc920 says: Mar 10, 2013 4:39 PM

    Anquan, Aaron Rodgers wants to throw you some passes, and you won’t have to make acrobatic catches cause he’s deadly accurate unlike Flacco who you made look good.
    Green Bay is wonderful in summer and fall.
    Hey Ted, cut Finley, sign Bolden !

  8. doomsdaydefensetx says: Mar 10, 2013 4:40 PM

    These guys sacrifice their bodies to entertain Billions of people, and ultimately win the Super Bowl. Boldin definitely contributed to their SB run and for them to ask to take a pay cut? Might as well spit in his face.

  9. mswravens says: Mar 10, 2013 4:42 PM

    More sloppy BS “reporting”…where has Boldin said he will play elsewhere? He hasnt. He said he’d have to pray on it with his family to figure his next step if he gets cut. PFT…ad lousy as everyone they criticize!

  10. minnesotablizzard says: Mar 10, 2013 4:44 PM

    Seems like after that playoff run Boldin has the leverage

  11. daknight93 says: Mar 10, 2013 4:45 PM

    unbelievable…he is the main reason ravens were able to make a deep run in the playoffs and could’ve been named mvp of super bowl, he doesn’t deserve a paycut IMO

  12. fight4oledc says: Mar 10, 2013 4:45 PM

    Are you kidding me? They want him to take a pay cut after that performance in the playoffs and SB? Wow.

  13. jarvis1104 says: Mar 10, 2013 4:47 PM

    He had a Fitzgerald/Burress like playoff run. When you play at that level, you shouldn’t have to take a pay cut

  14. tyler4richardson says: Mar 10, 2013 4:48 PM

    Who is Joe going to pass the ball to now? Smith can only go deep so many times a game and even though the tight ends are very talented, they aren’t go to guys for the duration of a season. I would fully expect Joe Flacco’s probowless streak to continue this season.

  15. wrenches2pipes says: Mar 10, 2013 4:48 PM

    So that’s the decision of the”greatest front office in the NFL”. ratinator must be very confused.

  16. fight4oledc says: Mar 10, 2013 4:48 PM

    Come on down the road to DC, we got RGIII to throw to you. With Garcon and Boldin as our WR, the leagues DB’s will be shaking in their boots.

  17. justafanofitall says: Mar 10, 2013 4:50 PM

    Give him a huge signing bonus and then cut base salary…seems the going thing. He is a good receiver and can’t for the life of me why the Ravens are playing hardball.

  18. thefox61 says: Mar 10, 2013 4:50 PM

    Maybe “stick to your guns” Flacco will help make up the difference.

  19. ampats says: Mar 10, 2013 4:53 PM

    I’m sure there are plenty of teams willing to pay Boldin 6M. Why after the season he had would he take a 2M pay cut especially since he is nearing the end of his career.

    Didn’t look like a player in decline to me.

  20. hscorpio says: Mar 10, 2013 4:55 PM

    From Bolden’s perspective, it only take a team willing to sign him for 2yrs, $5 mil SB and base salaries of $2 mil each yr (for example) for it to make sense for him to come out ahead on the open market. And there are plenty of WR needy teams out there. The Ravens leverage to get him to accept less extends as far as Bolden’s agent has doubt he can get a contract like that.

  21. seanx40 says: Mar 10, 2013 4:55 PM

    Did I miss something during the Ravens playoff run? I swear that Boldin caught every damn thing thrown to him. Every time it mattered, Boldin came up big. Why would they possibly give that up?

  22. jaxdolfan says: Mar 10, 2013 5:00 PM

    Trade him to the dolphins for a player worth $4 million a year. Pick any one.

  23. thesportsguy52 says: Mar 10, 2013 5:01 PM

    It’s also now clear (and has been for quite some time) that everyone outside of the Ravens’ fan base would love to see Boldin, or any other marque player in the NFL, play for someone other than the Ravens. I wonder how popular Boldin would’ve been this post season and the last four years in general if he had been, let’s say, a Patriot? Or if Flacco was a Cowboy?? My goodness, salivating media people everywhere.

    Too bad we are the most well run organization in sports, and chances are we keep Boldin, or replace him with a talented young WR.

  24. thetruuf says: Mar 10, 2013 5:02 PM

    Oz! Please work something out!
    There arent any other money saving options than cutting/reducing Anquan Boldin??
    Yet we are paying Jacoby Jones and Vonta Leach 4mil each??

  25. Max says: Mar 10, 2013 5:03 PM

    I don’t care about Age, Boldin is better now than Hartline will ever be…

    Yet another reason Jeff Ireland is messing up the off-season. Can’t wait to see what Dominique Hixon signs for, I bet its half of Hartline’s deal.

  26. tjacks7 says: Mar 10, 2013 5:04 PM

    I thought the Ravens were in the business of paying players way more than they’re worth? Boldin should tell them to kick rocks. If he gets cut, someone will pay him that. And his new team will probably have a better shot to win the Super Bowl now that Flacco forced everyone out.

  27. TSizzleBallSoHard says: Mar 10, 2013 5:04 PM

    Just give him an extension that reduces his number! Our WR corps is crap without Boldin! There’s is no one that can replace him on our roster or in the draft that we have a chance of getting.

  28. daustin1180 says: Mar 10, 2013 5:05 PM

    Mr. Kraft would be willing to write that check for you to come to New England

  29. vikesorgtfo says: Mar 10, 2013 5:06 PM

    Normally I don’t side with the players on money issues like this, but Boldin definitely deserves more than $4 million per year

  30. mgscott says: Mar 10, 2013 5:09 PM

    Welcome to the Pats

  31. shadcan says: Mar 10, 2013 5:09 PM

    Only watched the Ravens during the playoffs but dude was clutch and caught everything. It’d be wise to keep him.

  32. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Mar 10, 2013 5:10 PM

    Joe Flacco thinks $6 million is to much!

  33. batman010101 says: Mar 10, 2013 5:16 PM

    I’d love for the Dolphins to take him. One of the toughest WR’s in the league and plays with a lot of heart.

  34. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 10, 2013 5:17 PM

    Well Boldin opened this door through his previous comments. It gave the Ravens a perfect opportunity to nickel and dime him while only having a low chance but liveable outcome should he decide to cut bait. The Ravens are just making a poker play, and a well calculated one that is priced at the right spot.

    Boldin is now out of position and at a personal disadvantage from not utilizing proper foresight here. I hope his agent at least helped him figure all of this out before he made those missteps, otherwise Boldin should fire his agent for not working hard and responsibly towards keeping Boldin in an optimal position.

  35. jbcommonsense says: Mar 10, 2013 5:18 PM

    Boldin should take a short drive on the beltway and sign with the Redsins. He wouldn’t even need to move. Another ring with another team.

  36. tedmurph says: Mar 10, 2013 5:22 PM

    Good thing they’re SB champs. Between Suggs, Boldin and Flacco with the unibrow they would dominate the all-ugly team.

  37. dirtdawg54 says: Mar 10, 2013 5:23 PM

    Mike Wallace will likely sign for between $10 and $12 million a year but the Ravens think Boldin is only worth $4 million? What’s wrong with that picture?

  38. wrenches2pipes says: Mar 10, 2013 5:25 PM

    Patriots would sign him just to keep him out of Baltimore.

  39. eaglesooneru2 says: Mar 10, 2013 5:28 PM

    I’ll hand it to flacco telling boldin to stay tough and not give in to management. Boldin made so many big plays this season after I thought he looked done. I imagine he’ll stay in Baltimore and see what happens

  40. m1000be says: Mar 10, 2013 5:28 PM

    Let me get this straight, the Ravens think that is paying too much for Boldin, but gave Flacco the biggest contract ever? As a Colts fan, I watched Boldin come out and completely destroy the Colts defense. The same when they went up against the 49ers. There is no Superbowl win WITHOUT BOLDIN!! Pay the man and win some more. Don’t pay the man and risk watching Flacco throwing it up in the air and NO ONE catching it. Boldin was open even when he was covered.

  41. thetruuf says: Mar 10, 2013 5:41 PM

    As a Ravens fan, I would hate to see Boldin end up next to A.J. Green

  42. erstwhiledoc says: Mar 10, 2013 5:48 PM

    Yup, money gets tight for everyone else when you commit close to 20% of your salary cap to a somewhat better than average QB.

  43. runrickyrun34 says: Mar 10, 2013 5:55 PM

    I’m not sure why people are shocked about this. And if your team is cap strapped with needs, a 33 year old WR with a $7+ million cap number is going to be the first out the door despite performance. I would bet there are few teams that would take that cap hit. And there’s a lot of money tied into players like Suggs and Ngata that they can’t get out of right now. We’d love to see him stay in Baltimore but I don’t begrudge him if he opts to move on. The risk is that he makes less than the Ravens would offer in a paycut. Ultimately, I think a deal gets done at some point even if he’s cut and tests the market.

  44. runrickyrun34 says: Mar 10, 2013 6:00 PM

    And the comments about Joe and his cap hit, it’s $6.8 million and less than Boldin’s. It’s hard to see where the comparison of cap numbers here has anything to do with Boldin’s higher cap number. And QB’s always make more than anyone on the field. Saying a WR should make more than a QB is stupid unless you’re Jerry Rice.

  45. spytdi says: Mar 10, 2013 6:04 PM

    Super Bowl winning receiver gets the stiff and the quarterback gets paid. I guess Jacoby Jones is gonna fill his shoes, hah.

  46. jiggy3198 says: Mar 10, 2013 6:08 PM

    everybody in the world needs to shut up. flacco accounts for 6 million against the cap This year. It has nothing to do with him. Suggs and ngata take up 24 million. people please get your story straight for all morons and I hate you all

  47. mustangplayer58 says: Mar 10, 2013 6:21 PM

    I see a lot of Ravens fans getting negged for valid points. When the truth is, people hate on the Ravens because they are one of the finest organizations in the league. 5 straight playoff appearances, 3 AFC championship appearances, and now are the reigning and defending superbowl champs. Boldin will be a Raven unless the Front office knows that there is a worthy replacement.

  48. crawfish2011 says: Mar 10, 2013 6:24 PM

    You don’t pay 33 year old possession receivers $7 million PERIOD!!!

  49. murfdeezy says: Mar 10, 2013 6:34 PM

    I thought Baltimore was a well run organization…to hear some tell it…the best in football? Soooo to solidify their legendary front office status…they grossly overpay Joe Flacco and publicly insult the real superbowl MVP? I have no dog in this fight. I’m a Raider fan living in New England. This, I can promise you. New England is playing a little high stakes game of poker of their own with Wes Welker and seemingly willing to part ways with Brandon Lloyd. Now that makes sense to me. Boldin solves both of those problems in one player…and apparently they will be able to pluck him from their toughest conference rival and add him to their roster for a very Patriot friendly price. Baltimore is making the decision too easy for both of them. Patriots ensure Baltimore endures the fabled super bowl hangover…and Boldin gets another shot at a ring next year. The Ravens front office looks very ungrateful and very stupid today in my opinion. Not hating…but it’s obvious.

  50. annes22 says: Mar 10, 2013 6:34 PM

    Flacco is getting too much. Boldin helped win that Super Bowl bigtime, and deserves to be paid. Who is going to catch Flacco’s moon balls next season with Boldin gone?? Jiggy3198 we don’t care if you hate us all, carry on being stupid.

  51. neepo13 says: Mar 10, 2013 6:40 PM

    The Ravens don’t play hardball like this with players unless they have a good grasp on what they can get elsewhere. They got Flacco’s deal done so quickly because they knew a cap rich team like the Browns could and maybe would pay more. If the Ravens are asking him to lower his cap number to a little more than 5 million, chances are that is in line with what he will get on the open market.

  52. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 10, 2013 6:49 PM

    Perhaps this is some hard ball negotiating by the Ravens but we all know what we saw late last season. Boldin was the freakin’ man. He even made Flacco look good and that’s saying something.
    Ravens should have given Boldin his money and told Flacco to give up some coin.

  53. huskersrock1 says: Mar 10, 2013 6:52 PM

    Flacco counts for 6 million this year and how much next? 23 mil? If they can’t keep boldin this year they are going to cut 25% of their team next year.

  54. blackngold4life says: Mar 10, 2013 7:06 PM

    24m between Suggs and Ngta?..they shoud be the ones to take pay cuts..Neither one of them is worth 12m if that’s the case.

  55. SAV says: Mar 10, 2013 7:07 PM

    Mark these words: Boldin does not take a pay cut and the Ravens pay him his money.

    100% money in the bag.

    I could explain why but most of you wouldn’t have the business nor football acumen to understand.

  56. thegame2love says: Mar 10, 2013 7:19 PM

    So Boldin is only worth Brian Hartline money? Um, really?

  57. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 10, 2013 7:20 PM

    There have to be at least a dozen teams that would cough up the 6 mil and then some.

    Would love to see him in a Pats uni. Brady having Gronk, Hernandez, Boldin and possibly Welker to throw to, holy moly !

    Though if they picked up Boldin, that would likely mean Welker was gone unless he wanted to play for cheap to stay in New England.

  58. ravensfan19 says: Mar 10, 2013 7:25 PM

    You Would think Boldin is Calvin Johnson with all these Comments.

  59. mustangplayer58 says: Mar 10, 2013 7:34 PM

    Lol there is a reason that Baltimore has so much success and so many pathetic teams are in the basement every year with their fans wanting to bottom feed off of the ravens players. The ravens will be fine, right in the mix for the playoffs, while the loser teams with cap room will overpay for guys like Kruger who look good in the ravens system.

  60. scoobies05 says: Mar 10, 2013 7:53 PM

    so sick of reading about how the flacco contract is responsible for this. his cap number is 6.8 million this year. and clearly the ravens want to keep boldin or else they would have cut him. if they work out a deal to keep him at a reducaed nmber they look great. if they cut him trust me…there is a plan b. they know what they are doing. they have been the most consistent franchise in the league the last 5 years and that will continue because they know how to manage their cap. go ravens!

  61. joejacks says: Mar 10, 2013 8:03 PM

    Boldin would look good in black and gold

  62. badassleroybrown says: Mar 10, 2013 8:06 PM

    I guess without Boldin, Flacco and his new contract will be throwing numerous complete passes to the other team(Can you say INTERCEPTIONS).

  63. tarkenton2white says: Mar 10, 2013 9:22 PM

    You don’t pay a guy based on what he has done, you pay him for what he means to the franchise in the future.

    I would guess that Harbaugh&co. know Boldin’s value, relative to other available players, better than all the living room critics. They apparently view him coming back at $4mil as a strategic advantage, at $6mil a net loss.

    If you’ve watched more than the last four Ravens games, you can understand their point.

  64. thetruuf says: Mar 10, 2013 9:56 PM

    To that same note; Boldin could argue that his numbers were down due to Cam Cameron’s handcuffs on Flacco, true??

    Based off Flacco’s last five games under Caldwell projected over 14 games (knowing Boldin is known to get banged up) It come out to about 80 catches 1200+ yards 10tds

    That wouldve put him around top 10 last season, the potential sounds 6mil worthy. IMO

  65. oshp1205 says: Mar 10, 2013 10:00 PM

    What I find interesting is when a player clearly outperforms his contract and wants more money, everyone is slamming the guy saying you signed the contract now play. However, no one blinks at all these teams that signed contracts but now want players to take pay cuts. If a team can cut a players pay then why is it not okay for a player to want more money when they out perform their contract?

  66. hmink96 says: Mar 11, 2013 7:35 AM

    First, I cannot believe the number of people who think this is because of Flacco’s contract (He’s cap number is $6.8 Million this year)… Next, the ravens havent done anything yet.
    Before everyone starts saying their team should sign him, he has to be released. Ever since Boldlin made the comment about not playing anywhere else, the Ravens were pretty much obligated to kick the tires and see if they could get Q for less. He didn’t bite, and will end up playing out his contract in Baltimore.

  67. watermelon1 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:19 AM

    I’m sure Peyton manning wouldn’t mind a receiver that can bail him out like boldin did for flacco so many times this past year.

  68. jlv3gem says: Mar 11, 2013 12:53 PM

    How about they restructure Haloti’s deal?

    Anyway, take the pay cut and let Joe pay him the other $2M off the books

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