Good for him. Why should he take less money while Flacco gets a huge payday? He made valuable contributions in bringing Baltimore their SB victory. Of course it's a 'cash' issue since they threw it all at Flacco. Boldin had at least as much to do with the SB win as Flacco did, who does not make some of those completions without Boldin's clutch, physical catches. I hope Flacco loves his cash more than making average to lousy throws that still get caught thanks to the clutch receiver play. And I don't think Boldin is below Greg Jennings. I wanted him on the Jets when the Cardinals let him go.
The Baltimore Ravens have succeeded in raising Anquan Boldin's competitive ire.
A month ago, Boldin was prepared to retire if his career ever reached the point where he would have to play for another team. Now that the Ravens have given the veteran an ultimatum to take either a pay cut or his walking papers, Boldin is forcing their hand.
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Boldin has rejected a proposal by the team to reduce his 2013 salary without an extension, USA Today reported, and is preparing to hit the open market as a free agent. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport is told it's a "cash issue" as opposed to a cap issue.
Asked about Boldin's retirement comments, the person explained, "I think he was trying to express loyalty to them. I know that he's hoping to stay with them, but he's willing to go someplace else."
Coming off a dominant postseason run with 22 receptions for 380 yards and four touchdowns as Joe Flacco's go-to receiver in clutch situations, Boldin still has plenty to offer a contender. If the Ravens do cut him loose, the 32-year-old would fall in alongside Wes Welker in the second tier of free-agent wide receivers behind Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings.
Wow. I can't believe the Ravens low-balled Boldin.
The ONLY way the Ravens win the SB was with both guys stepping up down the stretch, Boldin was huge for them.
I guess with Smith as their #1 they don't feel they need Boldin at #1 money. Gotta make tough choices when you have a $20M QB I guess.
Bold in is a beat for them. They will miss him. Almost seems like the Ravens are willing to just ride out this Super Bowl win for a couple years. Listing Lewis, Boldin and potentially ed Reed and the other ILB would be devastating for them. Broncos are easily the favorites in the AFC next year.
If they would trade for a revis or sign Woodson or Reed, you could pretty much start engraving the trophy now.
Flacco's contract will insure that team doesn't win another Super Bowl during his career. He simply isn't that good.
Could be worse than Al Davis' contract to Larry Brown who happened to be lucky enough to be the choice for Neil O'Donnell's pitch and catch game in the Super Bowl while with the Steelers.
Boldin was just as much responsible for the Ravens Super Bowl run
Is there any job in this world better than NFL owner? They have a limit on what they can spend on player salaries while profits can go as high as the sky. What other business has that kind of setup? No wonder the owners love Goody and gave him 30 million.
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With that said he is old so I agree that no team will give him a big contract, but when you give an "above average" but not great QB Elite QB money this is whats going to happen. Other players on the team are going to demand to be paid in the same way and get offended if they aren't.
Ravens will be in trouble for a long time thanks to the Flacco deal.
Greg Jennings 5'11 198
Mike Wallace 6'0 199
Wes Welker 5'9 185
Boldin's size and physicality enabling him to wrestle the ball down and away from defenders bailed out Flacco more than once.
Last edited by Vinny Testaverde's Niece; 03-10-2013 at 01:41 PM.