Boldin told USA Today Sports on Saturday that he was unwilling to take a pay cut from his team during the last year of his contract, as a “matter of principles.”
While Flacco would like to see Boldin return, he understands the bottom line too.
“Without him, we don’t win the Super Bowl. He’s a huge part of this team and someone I want to see back,” Flacco told USA Today Sports. “Obviously, when you’re a player of his caliber, you believe you’re worth a number and that’s what you should get. He’s going to stick to his guns, and that’s the way it should be.”
The Ravens QB and receiver took part in former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner’s “Ultimate Football Experience”‘ flag football charity event at Arizona Cardinals headquarters on Saturday. After playing for three seasons together in Baltimore, Flacco says the relationship was just hitting its stride.
He also said that Boldin was vital to the Ravens’ success last season.
“He was really important down the stretch,” Flacco said. “He’s a guy who knows what he’s doing. He’s done it over and over again in this league. We just really started to hit it and really attack.”
Flacco said he supports Boldin whether he decides to stay or go.
“This league is about going out and performing and playing well and having fun doing so,” Flacco said. “But it’s also our livelihood and it’s about getting paid. So teams are going to let go of you as soon as they can. So when you’re playing, you have to make sure you can get as much money as you can because that’s what’s going to take care of your family down the road.”