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Vikings made a play for Anquan Boldin, too

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The 49ers weren’t the only NFC team who made a trade offer for Baltimore’s Anquan Boldin.

PFT’s Mike Florio, citing a source with knowledge of the discussions, reports the Vikings offered a seventh-round pick to Baltimore for Boldin.

The 49ers, of course, got the deal done with a sixth-rounder, strengthening a pass catching corps that already had quality performers in wide receiver Michael Crabtree and tight end Vernon Davis.

Meanwhile, Minnesota, which is poised to trade top target Percy Harvin to Seattle, is still in need of some major help at wide receiver.

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41 Responses to “Vikings made a play for Anquan Boldin, too”
  1. 49erempire says: Mar 11, 2013 4:59 PM

    Seattle gave up way too much for diva who can’t see straight.

    Vikings and Niners with the steal….

  2. azr1988 says: Mar 11, 2013 5:00 PM

    I guess that’s the end of the Randy Moss experiment in San Francisco?

  3. hammycheeseer says: Mar 11, 2013 5:01 PM

    Lets look at Vikings draft history with late round picks. Boldin would have been a STEAL for a 4th or 5th round pick as well. I can’t believe the vikings didn’t match niners offer, esp since they were willing to absorb boldin salary. We are the WORST passing team now, and it just so happens that we are in a passing league.

  4. kaeperdicking says: Mar 11, 2013 5:02 PM

    I was wondering why the 9ers couldn’t get it done with a 7th rounder and figured a few other teams were in the mix; now I know. The Vikes felt that a 6th was a little rich for Boldin? You just came up on 3 picks (OK not all in the same year, but still).

    Very happy that the Vikings didn’t offer their 6th…

  5. fijabbersman345 says: Mar 11, 2013 5:02 PM

    Well, they do need some receivers.

    Good thing Spielman got that Harvin trade done before the Ravens shipped off Boldin to San Fran, otherwise he wouldn’t have had leverage and probably wouldn’t have gotten as much as he did for Harvin. Would have looked even better if had been the Vikings getting Boldin for a 7.

  6. bucrightoff says: Mar 11, 2013 5:03 PM

    Why did the Vikes get the picks for Harvin? To go and low ball the Ravens and miss out on a great receiver? Christian Ponder, maybe, might throw for 2,000 yards next year.

  7. officialgame says: Mar 11, 2013 5:06 PM

    Niners are going to be real tough to beat. Real tough.

  8. jsho55 says: Mar 11, 2013 5:06 PM

    Outbid with a 6th round pick……probably wont hear that again anytime soon.

  9. milkmandanimal says: Mar 11, 2013 5:06 PM

    If the Vikings offered a 7th and could have gotten him for a 6th (because their 6th is obviously a higher pick than SF’s), then somebody in Minnesota is hopefully getting kicked in the fanny right now. Sure, he’s not exactly the explosive guy Harvin is, but MN is desperate for anybody who doesn’t suck.

  10. phillyreese215 says: Mar 11, 2013 5:07 PM

    Viks will be better off just rebuilding. see what they can get for AP, and start over.

  11. rayvenssb35 says: Mar 11, 2013 5:07 PM

    would have loved to have seen him play another year, without cameron. so sad about him being gone. but “in ozzie we trust”.

  12. ravenator says: Mar 11, 2013 5:09 PM

    I still feel like the Ravens could’ve gotten more than a 6th rounder but Oz and Co. clear up 7.5m in cap space and would’ve had to carry dead money from Boldin’s contracti f they cut him. It’s a win-win for both sides and it keeps Q out of the AFC. Good move. Hate on haters.

  13. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 11, 2013 5:10 PM

    Boldin would never have signed with the Vikings: Unproven quarterback.

  14. ammarradhi says: Mar 11, 2013 5:10 PM

    Only a 7th rounder vikes, come on he is worth more than that, San Fran with the steal

  15. drekomp says: Mar 11, 2013 5:11 PM

    The Vikings better not miss on Florio’s boy, Tavon Austin. He’s not Percy but he’s damn close.

    I doubt Boldin would have wanted to come to MN anyway.

  16. pettergriffen says: Mar 11, 2013 5:11 PM

    ummm Hey Adrian looks like your the modern era Barry Sanders…

    we gotta watch the next best running back since barry and same sad team scenario…

  17. tjacks7 says: Mar 11, 2013 5:11 PM

    Vikings couldn’t have offered a 6th? Seriously, what are they going to do with their 6th?

    Also, when are the Vikings having open tryouts for receivers?

  18. wludford says: Mar 11, 2013 5:11 PM

    Wish the Vikings would’ve came away with Boldin, but the trade with Seattle was a good one for the Vikings.

  19. matthewcarlson1 says: Mar 11, 2013 5:12 PM

    I would’ve been soo happy if we replace the Spoiled brat for Boldin and a 1st rounder.. Congrats to the 49ers man. What a steal.

  20. sundaysundaysunday says: Mar 11, 2013 5:12 PM

    Mike Who?

  21. connorchew says: Mar 11, 2013 5:13 PM

    this move won’t be flashy.. but when the playoffs come around, watch out for boldin.

  22. bmorewhyless says: Mar 11, 2013 5:19 PM

    Boldin will still count for 1.5$ against the Ravens.

  23. 808raiderinparadise says: Mar 11, 2013 5:21 PM

    Vikings don’t have a coach who is the brother of the Ravens coach, makes it hard to do business.

  24. bobby2478 says: Mar 11, 2013 5:24 PM

    Lets look at Vikings draft history with late round picks. Boldin would have been a STEAL for a 4th or 5th round pick as well. I can’t believe the vikings didn’t match niners offer, esp since they were willing to absorb boldin salary. We are the WORST passing team now, and it just so happens that we are in a passing league.
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    Thing to remember is Boldin is 32 yrs old. He’s maybe got 3-4 yrs left. Wouldn’t make sense to give up any mid round picks for a rental for a couple years. 7th round picks are throw aways basically.

  25. saxmachine69 says: Mar 11, 2013 5:27 PM

    You people who are complaining the Vikings didn’t offer their 6th, do realize the coaches involved in this trade right?

    Vikings offered a 7th, 9ers offered a 6th, and John jumped to help out his brother without consulting the Vikings for a counter offer

  26. surfinbird1 says: Mar 11, 2013 5:31 PM

    Two scumbag brothers doing a deal on the down low.

  27. fwippel says: Mar 11, 2013 5:32 PM

    Wow, Speilman takes Seattle for a ride, but then gets beat out on landing Boldin. Ouch! Talk about winning one and losing one.

    How in the name of Sam Hill do you not offer at least a 5th round pick for such an established WR as Boldin, especially when the Vikings are now in dire need of help at that position.

    The Vikings need receivers VERY badly, and giving up a 5th or 6th round pick for a quality starter would have been a smart move. Very, very poor decision on Speilman’s part; embarrassingly poor.

  28. ifixbmws says: Mar 11, 2013 5:38 PM

    Wow, the Vikings are really just a ‘one trick pony’ now. I feel really bad for their fans

  29. mrlaloosh says: Mar 11, 2013 5:47 PM

    No one wants to play in Minne-no-place.

  30. pdgreat1 says: Mar 11, 2013 5:54 PM

    So Spielman almost traded Harvin for Boldin, Victor Cruz and a mid-round 2014 pick. Of course, this would assume that Spielman goes after Cruz with the 1st rounder acquired from Seattle.

  31. purppop says: Mar 11, 2013 5:57 PM

    If Vikes actually offered for Bouldin, then they were willing to pick up that 6 million plus demand.

    So they aren’t/weren’t interested in Wallace?

  32. mjkelly77 says: Mar 11, 2013 6:13 PM

    The Vikings coach isn’t a brother to the coach in Baltimore. You know how nepotism is. The younger hairbough would have cried to mommy and daddy if he didn’t get his way.

  33. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 11, 2013 6:28 PM

    The Vikings were supposed to be adding receivers, but thus far they’ve just been subtracting them.

    I guess you can’t have too many of those 6th round picks. Way to go Spieldope!

  34. azvikefan says: Mar 11, 2013 6:37 PM

    God Damn it Spielman! You couldn’t top a 7th round pick for Boldin? You need wide receivers. dumbass!
    I’m so pissed of at the Vikes right now I might cancel my NFL package on DTV.

  35. sammyias says: Mar 11, 2013 6:39 PM

    Is it possible that “Jim” Harbaugh had the inside track on trading a 6th round pick to outbid the Vikings 7th round pick?

    Meh, I got no problem with it.

    Jim: “Hey John, you got the trophy, and you are going to cut Boldin anyway … How about I give you one draft round ahead of the next best teams trade offer? unless it is a stupid high offer of course ?”

    John: “Deal, Bro”

    Hey … I could happen.

  36. whatsitlikehere says: Mar 11, 2013 6:44 PM

    The Vikings offered the 7th knowing the ravens were about to cut him he is almost 33 and had 1 year left on his contract.

  37. tdk24 says: Mar 11, 2013 7:04 PM

    The Vikes fleeced the Seachickens for Percy Harvin. Then they turn around and won’t ante up for a much better WR in Boldin by offering a 7th instead of a 6th or better? If this is true, I see a new GM in the Vikes future very soon.

  38. thetooloftools says: Mar 11, 2013 7:35 PM

    Ca$$$h is going to be flying around tomorrow.

  39. guruvious says: Mar 11, 2013 8:24 PM

    Maybe, just maybe after offering a 7th rounder the Vikes found out that Boldin didn’t want to come here.
    The free agency starts tomorrow…step away from the ledge!

  40. armanixd says: Mar 11, 2013 10:39 PM

    I don’t understand why people underestimate picks! Last year, a 6th round pick gave us Blair Walsh, ALL-PRO kicker as a rookie! So I have faith Speilman has this under control

  41. shinypennyinc says: Mar 12, 2013 1:18 AM

    It’s amusing seeing all the know nothing armchairs whining about ponder. At this point in their careers Rogers, Bree’s, and Brady were still carrying clipboards and the starters jock straps.

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