The Baltimore Ravens, fresh off their Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers, have traded away the player most responsible for their 2012 post season successes, Anquan Boldin.
From Aaron Wilson and Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun:
Unable to resolve a contract dispute with veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin, the Ravens traded him to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.
By “contract dispute”, Wilson and/or Zrebiec mean the Ravens were unwilling to pay Boldin what they said they would. In 2010, the Ravens signed Boldin to the four-year, $28 million deal. The Ravens were obligated to pay Boldin $6 million this upcoming season. They wanted him to take a pay cut of $2 million. He refused to do so and now he’s a San Francisco 49er. At least he will be once he passes a physical. He’s currently in Africa on a relief mission. That’s the kind of man he is, when he’s not converting first downs in the Super Bowl, he’s in Africa on a relief mission.
If I was a Ravens fan, I’d be pretty ticked off right now. Joe Flacco may have been named Super Bowl XLVII MVP, but if it wasn’t for Boldin catching the football nearly every time Flacco threw it in his general direction, there’s no way the Ravens would have won the Super Bowl. I can’t believe anyone who watched that game walked away thinking Boldin deserved a pay cut.
The Ravens paid far too much for the football services of Flacco and because of that foolish overspending, they could not meet their financial obligations to a player responsible for their second Super Bowl in franchise history.
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