After declining to take a pay cut, the Baltimore Ravens traded receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers, according to a league source.
In return for Boldin, the Ravens will receive San Francisco's sixth round selection in the upcoming draft.
With free agency approaching, the Ravens felt the need to get some cap relief, though the organization was over $12 million under the cap as it currently stood. However, Baltimore feels the need to sign linebacker Dannell Ellerbe to a long term deal and his price tag is gradually increasing.
In addition, the Ravens still have hopes of retaining outside linebacker Paul Kruger, though a bidding war is beginning to take hold for his services league-wide.
Boldin was due a base salary of $6 million in 2013 and the Ravens asked if he could reduce that number by $2 million. Neither side could reach a deal, which resulted in the trade.
Boldin was a key figure in Baltimore's Super Bowl run this past season. In the postseason, Boldin recorded 22 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns. In the Super Bowl against the 49ers, the team he will soon join, Boldin had six receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown. He finished the 2012 regular season with 65 catches, 921 yards and four touchdowns.
Anquan Boldin traded to 49ers
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