Anquan Boldin situation “not looking promising”

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When it comes to the contract standoff between the Ravens and receiver Anquan Boldin, no news is bad news.

The two sides have not yet worked out a deal that would replace Boldin’s $6 million base salary for 2012.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s “not looking promising.”

Boldin previously had promised to retire if he’s cut by the Ravens.  More recently, it has become clear that Boldin will indeed play elsewhere, if the Ravens cut him loose.

It nearly happened Friday.  It could still happen today or tomorrow before 4:00 p.m. ET, when the new league year begins.

58 responses to “Anquan Boldin situation “not looking promising”

  1. Perfect, I’d love to see him in Red & Gold alongside Crabtree and Manningham; at the right price. I’d prefer Victor Cruz even more though.

    Boldin is a beast, but I completely understand why Oz won’t pay him. That’s part of the reason Oz is so good.

  2. …or no news is good news and Boldin will play out his contract for $6MM. Where do you come up with this hogwash?

  3. On the surface it seems like the Ravens are being really stupid about this. Without Boldin, they don’t win the SB last year. $6 million is not at all a high salary for what Boldin still offers.

  4. Maybe the seahawks should just make a deal with the ravens instead of the vikings. Boldin can do pretty much the same stuff as Harvin, less price, lower draft picks.

  5. Hop on over to the Bengals for a couple of years. That would be cool to see him play along with A.J. Green.

  6. Can someone expand upon “It nearly happened Friday. It could still happen today or tomorrow before 4pm ET?” I haven’t been following this story as closely as some others… I’m assuming they mean he was almost cut?

    Hat tip to anyone for the help.

  7. Let’s go Vikings. Get on this! Cheaper and better than greg jennings. he’s a guy I trust to make a difficult catch on 3rd and 8 when we need it.

  8. Cleveland needs Boldin so much worse than anyone else. If they don’t sign him at the same money he was going to make in Baltimore they don’t want a winning team.

    Boldin and Davis coming in with Richardson and Gordon means that it doesn’t matter who’s under center.

  9. Is it too late to trade Wallace and Harrison for Boldin? Hell, I’d even throw in Leftwich.

  10. Boldin never explicitly said he wouldn’t play elsewhere. He simply gave the, “I’m a Raven for life.” line that hundreds of other players have given hundreds of other times.

  11. Same things as harvin? Not even close. Harvin is a returner, receiver and running back all in one. Its not even close. Boldin is a beast and i can understand why he dosent want to take a pay cut. He basically carried them when they needed it. He deserves the 6 million….. Half the reason joe flacco had such a good run is because of the AMAZING catches boldin was making.

  12. I cannot fault what a player says immediately after winning a Super Bowl. It would be nice if the Ravens could keep him and he could, indeed, be a Raven for life. In a perfect world he would be.

    But with the salary cap situation, it’s a tough call for both sides. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  13. No surprise..his phone will be ringing the minute Free Agency starts..then its over for the Ratbirds resigning him

  14. He’d be a stud in MN. Could easily finish off his career as the Vikes top wideout. Would give the Vikes a solid veteran to help coach younger WR’s they draft in the next couple years too.

    That or possibly Greg Jennings. Neither Boldin or Jennings will command anywhere near what Harvin and Wallace will get. Let MIA spend to get Wallace, then get a more reasonably priced veteran like Boldin or Jennings.

  15. Would love to see him making them spectacular catches in Arrow Head along side Bowe!

  16. shotgunnoblitz says:Mar 11, 2013 3:10 PM

    Maybe the seahawks should just make a deal with the ravens instead of the vikings. Boldin can do pretty much the same stuff as Harvin, less price, lower draft picks.

    So Boldin returns kicks and takes handoffs out of the backfield..just like Harvin? Come on man!!

  17. Love to see the Vikings pay Boldin $6m/year. After trading Harvin, Boldin makes a lot of sense for the Vikings. They can then draft a WR too.

  18. Just sign him, Ozzie. He was the SB MVP: TD catch + several clutch catches to keep drives going. It’s a necessity to have good hands receivers to catch balls. Case in point: Dennis Pitta dropped what would have been a first down on the 2nd to last drive, giving SF another chance to win the game. If Pitta makes that catch, there would be no ‘holding penalty,’ or hand wrangling at the end.

  19. Come to New England !

    That would give Brady a lineup of Gronk-Hernadez-Welker-Boldin to throw to. Talk about an overwhelming force of receivers !

  20. ravenator | Mar 11, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT
    …or no news is good news and Boldin will play out his contract for $6MM. Where do you come up with this hogwash?

    killxswitch says:
    On the surface it seems like the Ravens are being really stupid about this. Without Boldin, they don’t win the SB last year. $6 million is not at all a high salary for what Boldin still offers.
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    Hey geniuses, the Ravens are only $15 mil under the cap. They’ll need about $8 mil to sign draft picks. That leaves only $7 mil for Reed, Ellerbee, Kruger, Williams. Then they still have to tender offers to Pitta and Dixon as RFA’s.

    They simply can’t afford Boldin at his age and current salary. He takes a pay cut or they’ll cut him by tomorrow.

  21. ravenator says:
    Mar 11, 2013 3:08 PM
    …or no news is good news and Boldin will play out his contract for $6MM. Where do you come up with this hogwash?

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    You keep thing that.

  22. He would be a good pickup for the Vikings. Spielman has got a lot of wiggle room now. He can use one of the Vikings first round picks on Victor Cruz maybe. Or he can try for Wallace or Jennings. Or draft a couple of receivers. Boldin and one of those guys and the Vikings would be upgraded. The Ravens shouldn’t let Boldin go.

  23. Flacco’s deal actually would help keep Boldin. His cap number this year is ridiculously low. This is what’s so frustrating about some of the people on this site. If you’re gonna hate on Flacco, at least be informed. The Ravens aren’t playin hardball with Boldin because of Joe’s deal, they’re playin hardball with him so they can re-sign Ed Reed and Danell Ellerbe. Personally, I’d take Boldin over Ellerbe and Reed at this point, because his production has more impact on our games than the previous 2. But then again, it may work out like it did 2 years ago when we jettisoned Mason, McGahee, and Heap in one fell swoop. Mase was Flacco’s favorite target, but he adjusted and we got within a dropped pass of the Super Bowl. Still, my preference is for Boldin to definitely remain a Raven…but we’ll see.

  24. That’s right, ravenator, stay in denial about “hogwash” while the overpaying of your mediocre QB opens wide the exit door… first bye-bye Boldin then so-long Kruger. Let the fun begin!

  25. chipinphilly says: Mar 11, 2013 3:15 PM

    Victim #1 of the overpayment of Joe Flacco

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    Umm… no. Joe Flacco’s cap hit for 2013 is only $6.8 million, which is LESS than his cap hit from last year ($8 million). Flacco’s new contract made it easier, NOT harder, for Boldin to stay in Baltimore at his current salary. Given that, it’s pretty mind-boggling to me why the Ravens are asking their best receiver to take less money. Nevertheless, the notion that the Ravens can’t keep Boldin because they paid Flacco is pure rubbish.

  26. Come to Indy…we’ll pay u what yr worth n Luck is already better than Joe Flaccid..hail to the Colts!!!

  27. blackngold4life says:Mar 11, 2013 3:25 PM

    No surprise..his phone will be ringing the minute Free Agency starts..then its over for the Ratbirds resigning him
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    I assume you mean next March, because he’s under contract through 2013.

  28. Steelpen:

    It’s referring to the USA Today article where unnamed sources told a reporter Boldin had gone so far as to prepare a departing statement assuming he’d be cut. Turned out to be a lie.

    I think people underestimate just how dogged and cut throat these agents can be. Planting stories to create friction between clients. Boxing their clients into corners. Deliberately making teams look bad, taking advantage of the fact that teams are hyper paranoid about tipping their hand on cuts so close to the opening of free agency.

    Wolves some of these guys are.

  29. ampatsisahypocrite says:Mar 11, 2013 3:42 PM

    That’s right, ravenator, stay in denial about “hogwash” while the overpaying of your mediocre QB opens wide the exit door… first bye-bye Boldin then so-long Kruger. Let the fun begin!
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    Kruger leaving was always a foregone conclusion. It would be nice to keep Boldin at a discount, but I’d rather keep Ellerbe.

  30. Hey trolls that know nothing about the sport they watch or the pathetic franchise they choose to follow. What does Flacco’s contract have to do with Boldin (who only has one year left on his contract) being asked to take a pay cut? – answer: absolutely nothing

    For you math illeterate folks – Flacco’s cap hit is going to be lower than last year’s $8m ($6.8m for this up coming year). Flacco’s contract has nothing to do with Boldin begin asked to take a cut and everything to do with Ellerbe making under $3m combined last year to looking for upwards of $18m combined next year along.

    To put the blame on Flacco shows:
    a.) how little you pay attention
    b.) how stupid you really are
    c.) the blinded hatred of a superior franchise and front office or
    d.) all the above

  31. dont get confused by his great playoff run, hes simply not a #1 WR in this league anymore. and lets not forget in the playoffs opposing defenses put the best cover corner on torrey smith not anquan boldin.

    he has great hands (minus the fumble in the AFCCG last year, and the dropped TD in the AFCCG 3 years ago), but has zero separation and lacks top end speed.

    he has been a great leader for our young team, and is a huge reason we won the lombardi, but this is a business and you either take a pay cut or play somewhere else

  32. Are people ever going to realize that Flacco’s deal only counts for $6.8M against the cap for this coming year??? If I have to read one more comment about how the Ravens can’t keep anybody because of Joe’s deal, I may go play Drink What’s Under the Sink!

  33. Hey trolls that know nothing about the sport they watch or the pathetic franchise they choose to follow. What does Flacco’s contract have to do with Boldin (who only has one year left on his contract) being asked to take a pay cut? – answer: absolutely nothing

    For you math illiterate folks – Flacco’s cap hit is going to be lower than last year’s $8m ($6.8m for this up coming year). Flacco’s contract has nothing to do with Boldin begin asked to take a cut and everything to do with Ellerbe making under $3m combined last year to looking for upwards of $18m combined next year along.

    To put the blame on Flacco shows:
    a.) how little you pay attention
    b.) how stupid you really are
    c.) the blinded hatred of a superior franchise and front office or
    d.) all the above

  34. Hey Pats fans. You think you get bent out of shape when Welker drops key passes? LOL. Boldin ain’t what y’all think. He got hot in the playoffs, but before that…not so much. Take him, and Ed Reed, and MAYBE you’ll make it into the playoffs in 2013. Maybe.

    As for you “HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO…” I think you’re gonna be goin NOWHERE fast, if the past 2 years are any example. (Tebowed…Tebowed…Tebowed…)

    And Browns fans…yeah…you can overpay for Kruger, one of the most over rated Ravens of all time.

    And Cincy fans…aaaah…if only your owner would spend a little bit to field a better team.

    Meanwhile…the Ravens are doing what they need to do — taking care of business.

    That’s an AFC North wrap, folks.

  35. Can’t wait to see ravenator slamming this guy once the the “brilliant” front office in luckimore places him on the curb with yesterday’s trash.

    I’m certain there are puddles of sweat forming around the card table and chair in his mom’s basement from where he posts, and lives, at this point.

    GO STEELERS!

  36. ravenator says:

    What does Flacco’s contract have to do with Boldin being asked to take a pay cut?
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    You’re looking at this wrong. It’s not Flacco’s contract, as much as it’s Flacco. Boldin would gladly take a pay cut to play with Manning, Brady, Brees, Big Ben. But to be asked to take a pay cut to bail out Flacco all season. That’s just too much for any man to take.

  37. Big Ben? You mean the guy that threw back to back pick 6’s to end the season at .500 and secure his team a spot on the playoff couch? Yes – playing with him would certainly be a step up from Flacco, a Super Bowl MVP – hey did Ben win one of those? In fact, when was Ben’s last playoff victory? Tell me, when you blatantly lie, do you actually believe it?

  38. Look, I love Q as much as the next Ravens fan. I can truly say he was a key factor in our SB run. HOWEVER- Q is not a #1 on any other team in the NFL right now. And I’m sure a TON of Browns, Vikes, Fins and Jets fans are shaking their head right now, but hear me out: name ONE team whose supposed “#1 guy” ended the regular season with 4 TD’s?? While I agree- Q made some astounding catches in key situations, no #1 WR in the NFL had such low numbers. Fact is, he’s 32 years old, had the 4th most TD’s on this Ravens O this past year behind Rice (9), Torrey (8), and Pitta (7) and has 2 years left. And for those who want to praise him for his post season success? I’d like to also point out that you are the same folks who REFUSED to use the post season as justification to pay Joe. So there’s that as well.

  39. ravenator, that logic also makes Flacco better than Brees. Sounds about right, for you.

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