“You know, for me, it was an initial shock because I had no clue that I was going to be traded,” Boldin said.
Boldin also posted a series of tweets to Ravens fans on Tuesday.
“I would like thank the Ravens fans for their incredible support for myself and my family throughout my years in Baltimore,” he wrote. “I am grateful in getting to know you and will miss what I call home.
“I thought this was the last stop of my career but regardless of the circumstances I came here to win a Championship and in February we came home Champions.”
The Ravens got a sixth-round draft pick in exchange for Boldin. He must now pass a physical when he returns from Africa.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco also reacted to the news of the trade on Monday evening.
“Anquan was a great receiver for myself and for our football team,” said Flacco, who recently became the highest-paid player in the NFL. “It’s sad to see a guy like that go, but at the same time you want what’s best for him and you just wish him the best of luck.
“Anquan was a big part of this football team, a big part of this offense. He’s one of the many reasons we won the Super Bowl this year.”