Anquan Boldin thanks Ravens fans, was in 'initial shock' at deal

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Anquan Boldin thanks fans for their immense support in Baltimore. (USATSI)
Jim Harbaugh saw first-hand what Boldin can do for a team. (USATSI)

On Monday, the Ravens pulled off a stunner of a deal when they traded wideout Anquan Boldin to the 49ers for a sixth-round pick.

The reality is that the trade shouldn't have been that shocking. Boldin refused to take a pay cut (the Ravens asked him to take a reported $2 million less in 2013) and Baltimore was in a position where it would need to release him and get nothing in return. So it got something.

"For me it was an initial shock because I had no clue that I was going to be traded," Boldin said in a very short and bizarre audio clip from Africa on Mike and Mike in the Morning.

The wide receiver would later hop on Twitter and thank Ravens fans for their "incredible support."

"I would like thank the Ravens fans for their incredible support for myself and my family throughout my years in Baltimore," Boldin tweeted. "I am grateful in getting to know you and will miss what I call home. I thought this was the last stop of my career but regardless of the circumstances I came here to win a Championship and in February we came home Champions."

The reaction to the Boldin trade around Baltimore wasn't great -- fellow wideout Torrey Smith sounded off on Twitter and didn't seem particularly happy. Joe Flacco lamented the loss of a great leader (while counting his own money?).

Boldin's been getting a ridiculous amount of love from the media and fans over the past 24 hours, too. I love the guy and think he's as tough a wideout as the NFL's ever seen. But as my colleague Pete Prisco pointed out, there are reasons the Ravens let him go.

He had a monster run in the playoffs, but this is a guy who didn't produce a 1,000-yard season once with Baltimore. Folks can be upset that the Ravens let go of a big-time leader and people can think a sixth-round pick isn't enough for Boldin.

But the reality is it's better than nothing.

 
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