Boldin 'shocked' by trade to 49ers

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Boldin 'shocked' by trade to 49ers
March 12, 2013, 7:15 am

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.

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He reacted to the news of his impending trade to the 49ers early Tuesday via Twitter:


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.

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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.