Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin is still smiling about his Super Bowl win, but is also looking ahead and pondering his future in the National Football League (NFL).
The only downside of winning a Super Bowl (if there is one) is that player salaries will increase and with a salary cap in place, the team cannot afford to keep everyone and they must clean house…
Boldin signed a four-year, $28 million contract in 2010. He is due to earn $6 million in 2013, but the money is not guaranteed. He is aware that he may be on the Ravens chopping block this year.
Last year the Ravens salary cap was $120.6 million; it is not expected to increase much this year. Their priority is re-signing quarterback Joe Flacco who will come at a hefty price.
Boldin was a major factor in the Ravens playoff run and Super Bowl win. This post season he had 22 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns. In the Super Bowl he had six catches for 104 yards and one touchdown.
If the Ravens release him, Boldin could easily sign with another team, at 32 years old and 10 years’ experience in the NFL; he would be a valuable asset to any team.
That is not how Boldin sees things playing out if the Ravens let him go. On Friday he told Erik Kuselias of Pro Football Talk that will not play elsewhere.
“I won’t play in another uniform,” Boldin said. “We have a saying, once a Raven, always a Raven, and I’ll always be a Raven.”
While I would be sad to see Boldin go, I would also have to respect the decision and trust that it was the right one. While not always perfect, the Ravens are known for thoroughly weighing the pros and cons before making decisions on who to resign. I trust the process and will wait for the organization to make their final decision on Boldin…