Maiocco: Acquiring Boldin is 'phenomenal move'
The trade is expected to become official after Anquan Boldin travels to the Bay Area for a physical upon his return from Senegal. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
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Wide receiver Anquan Boldin found out he had been traded to the 49ers after arriving for the start of a three-day trip to bring attention to the ongoing drought in East Africa.
Boldin was a key figure in the Baltimore Ravens' 34-31 victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. He caught six passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. But the Ravens were determined to dump his scheduled $6 million salary for the 2013 season.
[PHOTO GALLERY: Anquan Boldin over the years]
He reacted to the news of his impending trade to the 49ers early Tuesday via Twitter:
I would like thank the Ravens fans for their incredible support for myself and my family throughout my years in Baltimore.— Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) March 12, 2013
I am grateful in getting to know you and will miss what I call home.— Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) March 12, 2013
I thought this was the last stop of my career but regardless of the circumstances I came here to win a Championship— Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) March 12, 2013
and in February we came home Champions.— Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) March 12, 2013
For my future in San Francisco, I will leave that in God's hands.— Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) March 12, 2013
The 49ers acquired Boldin for a sixth-round draft pick, and will pick up the final year of his contract -- $6 million in base salary. The trade is expected to become official after Boldin travels to the Bay Area for a physical upon his return from Senegal, where he is working with Oxfam to help restore farmland.
Boldin, 32, a 10-year veteran, began his career in the NFC West, playing the 49ers twice a season as a member of the Arizona Cardinals. He caught 65 passes for 921 yards and four touchdowns last season in 15 games for the Ravens.
"You know, for me, it was an initial shock because I had no clue that I was going to be traded," Boldin told an ESPN producer who is in Africa to document his mission.