Boldin, 32, is in the last year of his four-year contract and will be due $6 million in 2013. The Ravens tried to negiotiate and restructure his contract, but Boldin would not take a pay cut.
This trade will be pending a physical as Boldin is currently on a mission in Africa, according to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter. The 49ers will be able to absorb Boldin's $6 million contract when the Alex Smith trade with the Kansas City Chiefs becomes official. Smith's $9.75 million contract will be off the books on Tuesday.
Boldin will join a receiving core of Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham, Kyle Williams and A.J. Jenkins with the 49ers. He had 65 receptions for 921 yards and four touchdowns last season. In the Super Bowl, he torched the 49ers's secondary for 104 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Colin Kaepernick was excited when this trade was announced. He felt it gave an instant upgrade for the offense.
"We need another receiver," said Kaepernick in an interview with ESPN. "We have great wide receivers already, but he’s another great addition. I think everybody saw what he was capable of this past year and what he did in the Super Bowl. So that’s just another playmaker on our team.”