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Anquan Boldin could soon be an NFL free agent, an unexpected turn from a receiver who said he would rather retire than sign with another team.
Boldin has rejected a proposal from the Ravens to lower his salary, and he’s currently preparing to become an unrestricted free agent if released, according to USA Today.
Boldin, 32, is entering the last year of a four-year deal. He’s due to receive a $6 million base salary this season.
Boldin’s cap number for 2013 is $7.531 million and the organization is trying to free up room to keep projected free agent linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, among other maneuvers.
Now, it seems he’s rethought that statement.
The Ravens’ proposal to the 10-year veteran reportedly did not include an extension.
Boldin played a key role in the Ravens’ postseason run, scoring four TDs and averaging 17.3 yards on 22 catches. During the Super Bowl, the star wide receiver made two critical third-down receptions to set up a pair of fourth-quarter field goals.
“He’s a big part of this offense,” Flacco said. “He’s a big reason why I’m standing here talking to you guys.”