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Boldin not a true No. 1

Posted on: March 5, 2010 7:12 pm
 

 

 

The Baltimore Ravens badly wanted a No. 1 receiver. Trading for Anquan Boldin might seem like the answer, but I beg to differ.

Boldin is not a No. 1 receiver. He doesn't run well enough. The Ravens, desperate to get a threat for young quarterback Joe Flacco, traded a third-round pick and a fourth-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for Boldin and a fifth-round pick.

The Cardinals were willing to part with Boldin in part because they tired of his ways, and the team personnel department thinks Early Doucet is ready to take over as the third receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston. They also didn't think Boldin ran by anybody.

Boldin is a tough-guy receiver. He will break tackles after the catch, but if a team plays up on him in press coverage he has trouble getting past them.

The Ravens also gave Boldin a three-year contract extension, which should finally appease Boldin, who has constantly griped about his contract in Arizona the past couple of years.

Trading and paying is always risky. It's even more so with a receiver I don't think is a true No. 1.

 

 

 

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 10:28 am
 

Boldin not a true No. 1

somebody's jealous, huh Prisco? You sad your Patriots didn't get them? I know for a fact if the Pats wound up with him (they were trying) this article would be about how the Patriots will be amazing next year and this was a great move.

You know, there's a reason everybody hates you Prisco...



Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2010 10:11 am
 

Boldin not a true No. 1

I agree with you.. I think  this is a ..."I have to write something article"
I dont care if Boldin is a #1 or not..... Is Boldin a very talented receiver who is all about playing 110%.. a good guy on and off the field....  it seems YES!!   Yes he wanted to be paid some more... but he has always been a class guy
The Ravens have made a very good move...It is all about adding better players than you have........ #1 or not... it doesnt matter.. the guy is a great WR....
For 3rd  round pick.. and a 4th.. and they get a 5th back...  who knows   who you are going to get in the 3rd round... you know what you have with Boldin ...a real hard playing warrior at the WR spot....  I am surprised more teams didnt want this trade.... I think it is a steal!!!
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Since: Aug 24, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2010 10:03 am
 

Boldin not a true No. 1

You might want to worry about your QB, instead of how the Ravens just got way better with Boldin.  It seems Big Ben is a little touchy with the ladies, either that or he isnt all that "big ben" and women want to get back at him after the dissapointment.  Pittsburg better get a running game because Big Ben is aging before our eyes with all the offseason problems and a terrible pass pro.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 10:03 am
 

Boldin not a true No. 1

Does not happen often, but I agree with you on this one Pete. Boldin will have a tough time coming up with No. 1 production without Warner and Fitz on his side of the ball.  This is one of those deals that two years from now Baltimore will still be looking for a top receiver. Boldin is good, don't get me wrong. I think he showed his colors before the SB two years ago when he publicly ripped the team at the worst possible time.  He kept his mouth closed last year, but that has to send some worry into the Ravens management, no?



Since: Aug 24, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2010 9:58 am
 

Boldin is the toughest WR in the league

If the Cardnials didnt have Fitz, Boldin would be their prized pocession with their pass first offense.  He can run inside routes as well as handle anything deep.  I would say that this trade makes the ravens a real threat.  Making them able to score in bunches and run two minute drills more effectively.  Prisco is a total front runner.  If the Pats made this deal he would be praising them til his head bursts.  Boldin is the man and will show it next year.  I like his contract was way over due.




Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2010 9:15 am
 

Boldin not a true No. 1

I think 4th and 5th round picks could be considered interchangeable, so Boldin for a 3rd round pick? That's not #1 receiver compensation, and the deal is not #1 receiver money.  He griped about his contract because he was told to play (2 seasons ago!) and was assured his contract would get worked out.  It didn't. Cardinals lost out in this one.  Boldin is way underrated by the east coast press.



Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2010 9:12 am
 

Boldin not a true No. 1

I think 4th and 5th round picks could be considered interchangeable, so Boldin for a 3rd round pick? That's not #1 receiver compensation, and the deal is not #1 receiver money.  He griped about his contract because he was told to play (2 seasons ago!) and was assured his contract would get worked out.  It didn't. Cardinals lost out in this one.  Boldin is way underrated by the east coast press.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 8:46 am
 

Boldin not a true No. 1


spreee42 wrote, Lastly, get a proofreader man: "The Cardinals were willing to part with Boldin in part because they tired of his ways". What language is that?

I agree overall with the theme of your post, which is that the Ravens received value for what they gave up.  However, the criticism above doesn't strengthen your argument.  Sorry,
spreee42, this is perfectly fine grammar - tired can be used as a verb.  And it's english, by the way.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 8:37 am
 

Boldin not a true No. 1

Trading and paying is always risky. It's even more so with a receiver I don't think is a true No. 1. This sentence explains why Pete Prisco is some hack writing on CBSSports.com and not a GM in the NFL. Who cares if *you* don't think he's a #1 wideout? Boldin's stats, even while playing on that team of wideouts, doesn't back you're thought up.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 8:25 am
 

Boldin not a true No. 1

I'm not sure the Ravens need a true #1 (as Prisco defines it). They have a dominant run game that they lean on and not necessarily the air attack. Boldin is an awesome reciever and is excellent in the red zone and as far as being a deep threat...well, on the Cardinals, that was Fitz and Breaston's job...not "Bol-dozer's." They didn't give up a 1st round pick so I don't see any issue with this one...in fact, it appears to be a pretty sweet deal for the Ravens if they can keep him on the field...Flacco is gonna love him.

If my Broncos are going to part ways with Brandon Marshall I wish they would of took a stab at him.


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