Harbaugh calls Harbaugh, Boldin trade ensues

Harbaugh calls Harbaugh, Boldin trade ensues
March 19, 2013, 9:15 am
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I called him up and said, 'Would you be interested?' He said, 'Heck yeah. I'll go talk to Trent.
—John Harbaugh on how Anquan Boldin trade transpired

PHOENIX -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh called his brother, Jim, to see if he would be interested in a trade for veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

So was Jim suspicious that his sibling would call to propose a trade?

"Oh, I'm sure he probably was suspicious," John Harbaugh said Tuesday morning at the NFL owners meetings at the Arizona Biltmore.

But 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was not skeptical enough from making the trade come together in a matter of minutes on Monday, March 11, on the eve of the new league year.

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"It was quick," John Harbaugh said. "I can tell you that."

The 49ers had two picks in the sixth round of the draft. They traded their second pick of that round, No. 199 overall, to the Ravens for Boldin, a 10-year veteran who had a big game against the 49ers in Baltimore's 34-31 victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

The Ravens dumped Boldin's $6 million salary. And the 49ers acquired a starting receiver for a draft pick that probably would not have produced a player capable of making the 49ers' 53-man roster, anyway.

"It was a situation where we were really working hard to try to do something to make it work for Anquan to stay (with the Ravens)," John Harbaugh said. "And, I believe Anquan was working hard, too. But when it came down to it, the numbers didn't work work for either side.

"In the end, we decided to make a couple calls. We knew it wasn't going to work out, as far as changing the contract around. So we were going to lose him. We thought we could work it out in the best interest of both parties."

That's when John Harbaugh decided to make a phone call directly to his younger brother.

"I called him up and said, 'Would you be interested?' He said, 'Heck yeah. I'll go talk to Trent,'" said John Harbaugh, referring to 49ers general manager Trent Baalke.

John Harbaugh made the initial phone call at 3:30 p.m. (ET), and within 30 minutes Baalke and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome worked out the details.

Boldin is scheduled to take a physical Wednesday and meet with the 49ers for the first time. John Harbaugh predicted the 49ers will be pleased with their end of the bargain.

"I think they feel like they got a great deal," he said. "I know they got a great player. They got a great leader. They got a guy who'll be a perfect fit in their in their offense in a lot of ways. They'll realize that right away.

"He's just a strong receiver. He's a guy who's reliable, dependable. He's going to be there at every game, every practice. He's very solid. He's a playmaker."