Boldin to the 49ers is the latest NFL trade that is coming with the start of the new NFL season. According to ESPN on March 11, the Baltimore Ravens will trade Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers after they couldn't come to a new contract agreement.
The entire contract talks fell apart because Boldin felt disrespected by the Ravens' organization. This really changed the tune of Boldin, who said he wanted to stay with Baltimore or retire. However, Boldin later said that no matter how good he played in 2012, he wouldn't ask for a raise and he was disappointed the Ravens wanted him to take a pay cut.
Boldin said he wanted to play out the contract the two sides agreed on when he came to Baltimore, and it was principle to stand his ground when Baltimore tried to change their terms despite his solid postseason play.
The trade did not go over well with other Ravens' players. Joe Flacco, who just became the highest played player in the NFL said he understood why Boldin was making his stand. Fellow wide receiver Torrey Smith said that the entire business of football was "BS at times."
Boldin to 49ers gives San Francisco one of the key things they were missing in 2012, a big play receiver. San Francisco lost to Baltimore in the Super Bowl, but this might be enough to put the 49ers over the top in 2013. The Ravens will receive a sixth round draft pick in return.