11 March 2013

Why the Ravens are making a mistake in dealing Anquan Boldin

It makes sense that the Ravens were insistent on forcing a pay cut upon Anquan Boldin. After all, he played some of his best football in the postseason and his tremendous play played a huge role in the Ravens winning Super Bowl XLVII. Based off of that, he should be forced to take a $2 million pay cut.

But instead of making Boldin take a pay cut, or cutting him, the Ravens today traded him to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick. And quite frankly, I think it is a rare mistake for Ozzie Newsome and the Baltimore front office.

Hey, I understand that Boldin is not a spring chicken, he will turn 33 years old come the start of October. But is this how you are going to treat a guy that not just helped you win the Super Bowl, but was dominant en route to doing so. Boldin was brilliant all postseason long, no wonder Joe Flacco told him to "stick to his guns" in negotiations with his team. Not only did he do so, he joins an excellent 49ers team which will gladly use his services to replace Randy Moss and team up with Michael Crabtree for a quality receiving duo.

As expected, the Ravens suffer in this deal. They had absolutely no leverage considering they seem poised to cut him and thus they were left with a selection in the sixth-round. But still, they can get only a sixth-rounder for a guy that was, again, the best wideout in the postseason last year.

And I would guess that Flacco is not particularly pleased with the organization with this move. After all, he was Flacco's go-to threat in the postseason when he needed a big completion. Torrey Smith is a heck of a deep threat but who will take Boldin's role as the go-to guy over the middle? Will Baltimore draft somebody or sign a guy like a Danny Amendola, for example? Overall, I really do not like this move for Baltimore, who played hardball with no real reason to do so.

1 comment:

  1. I believe this to be a huge mistake in trading Anquan Boldin. The Ravens could have found the money, somewhere, to keep this invaluable player. It makes no sense to let a guy like this go. The Ravens manangement could have cut a salary here, or even let go someone else to keep Anquan. If the Ravens management looks at this clearly, they will admit they made a mistake in letting him go.