ProFootballTalk reported earlier today that the Ravens were attempting to trade star receiver Anquan Boldin.
Now it looks like Boldin will at least be staying with the Harbaugh family.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh’s brother Jim Harbugh, himself a former Raven, is head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
Over the weekend, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who just inked a new deal making him the highest-paid player in the NFL, said he thought Boldin should stick to his guns in dealing with the Ravens, who reportedly asked the star receiver to take a pay cut to free up some salary cap room.
Now, it looks like Boldin will play next season for the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII opponents, the 49ers.
The Niners are taking Anquan Boldin’s contract without a pay cut…he’ll make the full $6 million next season.
UPDATE: Word travels fast. News of the trade caught at least two Ravens by surprise. Torrey Smith and Bernard Pollard have both reacted via Twitter…
This business is BS at times
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) March 11, 2013
I hate the business side of this league! Don’t get me wrong I understand it though.@anquanboldin you will be missed bro! Respect big bro.
— Bernard Pollard Jr (@Crushboy31) March 11, 2013
Anquan Boldin traded to 49ers for a sixth-round pick
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 11, 2013
There is also now a fun meme going around on Twitter. Just check out #AnquanBoldinGotTradedFor for some instant gems…