Anquan Boldin was caught off guard by the news that he had been traded.
The three-time Pro Bowler was en route to Senegal with fellow NFL receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Roddy White as part of a relief group organized by Oxfam America when news of the trade broke.
Still in Senegal, Boldin called in to ESPN's Mike and Mike In The Morning radio show on Thursday morning. While the teams have announced the trade, Boldin is not officially a 49er because he has not yet taken his physical, which may explain why he was not asked about any interactions with 49ers management.
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Most of the questions revolved around Boldin's unexpected departure from Baltimore and the mass exodus of players leaving the Ravens. Here are some of the most relevant answers Boldin gave:
Q: Has it sunk in that you've been dealt for Baltimore to San Francisco?
A: I guess so. I was pretty shocked to get that news. I guess, the way I received it wasn't the best way, but it is what it is. It has been done. There's no other thing to do but move forward.
Q: How did you receive the news? Why were you not happy with that?
A: First of all, I had no idea I was going to be traded. Secondly, I received it through text messages. So getting off the plane In Senegal, we received texts saying "Congrats on the move to San Francisco," "Is it true you've been traded?" Just different things like that.
Q: Why do you think you were trade from Baltimore to San Francisco?
A: I don't know. I felt like everything was going great. But that's the business part of this league. Sometimes it's unfortunate.
Q: What do you see as your role there in San Francisco? How do you see yourself fitting in with 49ers?
A: I guess my role is just to come in and help as much as possible. Looking at the team from the outside, they don't need much help. it's a great team. I've always had respect for the 49ers as an organization. they do things the right way. As a kid, I grew up a 49ers fan, watching Joe Montana, Steve Young (Jerry) Rice, (John) Taylor, Ronnie Lott and those guys. I've always been a fan of the 49ers. I'm happy to part of an organization like that. I think, whenever you're at the point I am in my career, 11 years in, only thing you want is a chance to compete and going to San Fran definitely gives me that opportunity.
Q: When you think back on years in Baltimore, will it be bittersweet?
A: Yeah, it's definitely bittersweet. I always felt when I signed with Baltimore, that would be the last place I called home in the NFL. But my memories there are great. The three years that I spent there, the fans have been great, the organization has been first-class, so I have no regrets. I was brought to Baltimore to help win a championship and in February, we came home champions. As far as on-the-field, I don't think I left anything behind. But there are some people I will miss.