Ratto on Boldin: '49ers nailed one'
The 49ers could have retained Dashon Goldson with a one-year, $7.45 million franchise tag but deemed the price too high. (AP)
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The 49ers are taking on $6 million in salary for the 2013 season with the trade for wide receiver Anquan Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens.
It's cap space they will not have available until the completion of the trade to send quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs.
But that's OK. The confirmed trade that will send a sixth-round draft pick to the Ravens in exchange for Boldin might not be completed for a while. Boldin is going to Senegal for a relief effort with Oxfam America. Boldin will spend three days, along with Larry Fitzgerald and Roddy White, to assist communities in need.
[PHOTO GALLERY: Anquan Boldin over the years]
But it also could signal the end for All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson, who is seeking a lucrative long-term contract. The acquisition of Boldin -- and the cap space devoted to the 10-year veteran -- appears to make it less likely Goldson remains with the 49ers. The club expects to lose Goldson in free agency, a source told CSNBayArea.com. The 49ers did not place the franchise tag on Goldson, which gives him the opportunity to sign with any club beginning Tuesday at 1 p.m. (PT).
The 49ers could have retained Goldson with a one-year, $7.45 million franchise tag but deemed the price too high. Goldson made $6.212 million as the team's franchise player a year ago.
The 49ers expect to have 14 draft picks, and it is considered an unusually strong class for safeties.
The completion of the Boldin trade is pending a physical. And it came just hours after the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers' biggest NFC West rival, landed wide receiver Percy Harvin in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings.
"We need another receiver," 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said on ESPN's NFL Live. "We have great receivers already, but he's another great addition. I think everybody saw what he's capable of this past year, what he did in the Super Bowl, so that's just another playmaker on our team."
Boldin caught six passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 34-31 victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Boldin went high to catch a third-down pass over Carlos Rogers, which led to a field goal that gave Baltimore a 34-29 lead with less than five minutes remaining.
Michael Crabtree, who is signed for two more seasons, returns as the 49ers' top wide receiver. Mario Manningham is expected to be cleared to return to the field during training camp after sustaining tears to his ACL and PCL in his left knee. Kyle Williams is expected to be ready at the start of training camp after sustaining a season-ending ACL tear.
First-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins, who did not catch a pass as a rookie, has been working out with Kaepernick in Atlanta. The 49ers do not expect to re-sign veteran Randy Moss.
The 49ers struggled in the playoffs covering bigger receivers, such as Boldin, and are placing an emphasis on adding a big cornerback, a league source told CSNBayArea.com. The 49ers are interested in Miami Dolphins free-agent cornerback Sean Smith, the source said.