To Trade Or Not To Trade?

April 20, 2009 |

Much has been made lately about the Ravens and their pursuit of All-Pro wide receiver Anquan Boldin.  I can’t seem to find anyone who doesn’t think they should pull the trigger. There’s no question about Boldins’ ability on the field.  Last season he had 11 touchdowns, the Ravens had just 16 through the air total.  He also racked up over 1,000 yards receiving for the fourth time in his career.  Boldin very well could be the missing piece to put Baltimore over the top and help dethrone that black and yellow team that plays in the AFC North.  Sounds like a no brainer, but not so fast.

I have some doubts about making this trade.  First of all, Baltimore has only 6 draft picks this year.  It has been widely speculated that Arizona is looking to start the bidding at a 1st and 3rd round pick.  This would leave Baltimore with only 4 picks and a wide receiver who is already demanding a new contract.  For this deal to get done, Baltimore would have to have room under the cap.  I’m not sure that they do, especially when you factor in the upcoming negotiations with Haloti Ngata, and Terrell Suggs.

There’s also the injury problem Boldin has been plagued with over his career.  He has averaged only 11.67 games over his career. Compare that to Mark Clayton who has averaged 15.5 games played per season, and Derrick Mason who has played in 16 games every season since 2003.

Oh, and one more thing, Anquan Boldin has been crying about his contract for months.  I guess he forgot the fact, that HE signed this contract too. It was an extension to his rookie deal.  If he didn’t agree with the terms, he shouldn’t have signed on the dotted line, it’s that simple.  Boldin wants to leave a team that was 2:00 minutes away from winning the Super Bowl last season.  That has got to throw up some red flags.

There’s no denying Anquan Boldins’ ability on the field, but the price to bring him here, might just be a little too steep.