Posted February 08, 2013

Anquan Boldin will retire if the Ravens cut him

NFL

Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin told NBC Sports Radio that if the team cuts him, he will retire. Boldin is due for $6 million in 2013, with one year remaining in his four-year, $25 million contract.

The Ravens have $15.3 million in cap space, but the team has several big players to pay. Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco is in the process of negotiating a long-term deal that will likely make him one of the highest-paid QBs in the NFL. The Ravens also need to pay Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe and Ed Reed, all of whom are set to enter free agency.

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Wide receivers Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones were heroes in the postseason and Super Bowl for the Ravens, hurting Boldin’s chances of staying with the team. Even though Boldin had an impressive postseason run, with 22 passes for 380 yards in four games and four touchdowns, his regular season performance might not be enough to save his spot.

At only 32, Boldin would fare well in free agency, but he’s made it clear that if he doesn’t get his $6 million from the Ravens, he’s done. If Boldin does get cut by Baltimore, he’ll join Ray Lewis as a Raven ending his career with a Super Bowl win.


21 comments
ptbnl
ptbnl

Boldin looked awfully good in the post season, especially using his physical ability to get the better of the covering CBs.  You don't think that a team like the Patriots (and Brady) could use Boldin.  He is a premier receiver.

DennisKerry
DennisKerry

Please cut him and Cardinals do whatever it takes to get him back.

trojanoof
trojanoof

Boldin can still play...that's a a damn shame if the Ravens don't bring him back...

mjdcpamba
mjdcpamba

I think it would be a shame if Boldin retires. He still has a lot to give to the game, if the Ravens are willing to let him walk, he should go somewhere he;s wanted. I'm a NY Giants fan, can we get a discount??? Maybe another ring?? Just asking?

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

On the further review . . . Q will play again.

Jeena
Jeena

Loyal to his team, I like that. 

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

Very very few NFL players retire when they still are physically able to compete. I can name 1: Jake Plummer. No way Boldin retires.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

 @M as in Mancy I agree he won't retire.  But occasionally very good players do retire.   In addition to Barry Sanders, there was Robert Smith and Tiki Barber. 

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @DanaBunner  

Good point. But it ain't occasional. The number of guys who walk away still relatively dominant are nothing compared to NFL cut lists and phone call free agents trying to hang on. The numbers say that Boldin keeps in going...

 

ptbnl
ptbnl

 @M as in Mancy How about HOF Jim Brown at the top of his game in 1966

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @ptbnl  I'm rusty on my Jim Brown history.

 

ptbnl
ptbnl

 @M as in Mancy  @ptbnl Jim Brown retired as the all time leader in TDs, rushing yardage, rushing average and leading the NFL in rushing 8 of 9 years.  He abruptly retired at 31 to go into Hollywood movies.  He is still considered by many to be the best running back of all time.  I like Barry Sanders too.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Come to Oakland

cjanderson0
cjanderson0

 @Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask I would guess there is a better chance that hell freezes over than Boldin going from the Super Bowl champs to the Raiders.  He played for some bad Card teams, I think the last thing he would want is to go to another shipwreck.  I think they should renegotiate with him and bring him back for around 4m.