The Baltimore Ravens made a big move during the first day of the free agent period by trading two draft picks (a third and fourth rounder) for three-time Pro Bowl receiver Anquan Boldin. The seven-year veteran immediately fills a major need for the Ravens and provides third-year quarterback Joe Flacco with a much-needed target.
During his seven years with the Arizona Cardinals, Boldin eclipsed the 80 reception mark five times and also had five seasons with 1,000 or more yards receiving. His best season was in 2005 when he caught 102 passes for 1,402 yards and seven touchdowns.
In recent years, he has posted big receiving numbers despite being regularly hampered by injuries. He has played a full 16 games only twice in his career with the last time coming in 2006.
Boldin was entering the final year of his contract with the Arizona Cardinals and immediately agreed to a three-year, $25 million extension with $10 million guaranteed.
He immediately becomes the number one receiving threat for the Ravens. Last season 35-year-old Derrick mason led the wide receivers with 73 receptions for 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns. Boldin caught 84 passes for 1,024 yards on a team that also included perennial All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald.
In addition to Boldin, the Ravens will also receive a fifth round draft pick from the Cardinals.
Before the trade for Boldin, there was speculation that the Ravens would pursue free agent Terrell Owens, who had spurned the team in 2004. That now seems unlikely.