Anquan Boldin, of the Arizona Cardinals, scores his second touchdown of the game for a 14-7 lead against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium on Dec. 23, 2007, in Phoenix, Ariz.
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numSlides of totalImages WJZ has just confirmed that the Ravens have traded for receiver Anquan Boldin, a three-time Pro Bowler.
According to ESPN, the Ravens traded a third and fourth round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for Boldin and apparently have signed Boldin to a new four-year, $28 million contract.
The 29-year-old is the big-time receiver the Ravens have been looking for.
“Anquan is a player who makes the tough catches, and he is outstanding getting yards after catches,” Ozzie Newsome stated. “He will also help the running game with his blocking skills. He’s a very tough competitor, and with the way he plays with passion, he’ll fit right in with the foundation we have for our team.”
Boldin is 6’1″ and 217 pounds. He’s averaged 83 catches and six touchdowns in his seven year career.
Boldin will fly to Baltimore Sunday and have a physical Monday.
Since entering the league as a second-round draft choice out of Florida State in 2003, Boldin’s catches rank seventh most and his receiving yards sixth most in the NFL. Boldin’s 79.2 receiving yards per game during this span stand second only to Steve Smith’s 80.3.
Boldin, 29, has played in 95 career games, making 92 starts. He has registered at least 56 catches in every season he’s played, including dual campaigns of 100-plus receptions in 2003 (101) and 2005 (a career-high 102).
“The Ravens just got better,” head coach John Harbaugh affirmed. “Anquan is a significant addition for us. He fits the personality of our team with the hardnosed, physical way he plays. We love the way he competes. Our fans will enjoy watching him compete, and his teammates will be excited to have him with us.”
Boldin became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 400 career receptions when he hit the milestone against Atlanta (12/23/07) in his 67th career game, five games faster than the previous record holder (Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr.).
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