The Ravens’ decision to trade their No. 1 receiver, Anquan Boldin, to the 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick has been met with approval by one of the players who had to cover Boldin twice a year.
Steelers safety Ryan Clark said on NFL AM that he welcomes Boldin being moved out of the AFC.
“I’m not upset about it at all — I think that was a very good move by the Baltimore Ravens,” Clark said with a laugh.
According to Clark, Boldin is the hardest player to match up with in the Ravens’ passing game, and a player Baltimore will miss in 2013.
“If you look at the plays Anquan Boldin makes . . . you think about the plays he made to get them to that Super Bowl, I think he’s the difference-maker, he’s the guy who brings the toughness to that receiving corps, I think it’s going to be tough to replace him, both leadership-wise, as well as his play on the field,” Clark said.
Boldin led the Ravens in receiving yards all three years he played for them, so it’s easy to see why Clark would think he’s a hard player to replace. On the other hand, the Ravens have a long history of proving that they can find adequate replacements for aging veterans. Clark may find this year that he’s covering a pretty good Ravens receiving corps even without that difference-maker who’s now in San Francisco.