Anquan Boldin Dealt to 49ers, Percy Harvin to Seattle

Anquan Boldin will return to the NFC West for the first time since he left Arizona in 2009.

Anquan Boldin will return to the NFC West for the first time since he left Arizona in 2009.

Just a month ago, Anquan Boldin played against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Now the 32-year-old receiver will play for the Niners in 2013. The Baltimore Ravens traded Boldin to the 49ers today in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Boldin played a major role in the Ravens’ victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, catching 6 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. Prior to his three years in Baltimore, Boldin spent seven seasons with the Arizona Cardinals after being drafted 54th overall in 2003. He has caught 772 passes for 10,165 yards and 58 touchdowns, perhaps none greater than his first quarter grab last month in New Orleans.

Boldin is scheduled to make $6 million for the 49ers next year, and his contract will carry a $7.531 million cap hit. Boldin fills a hole in the 49ers depth chart left by Randy Moss, who became a free agent after the Super Bowl. More importantly, Boldin is a physical receiver who can complement Ted Ginn, Vernon Davis, and Michael Crabtree in the 49ers receiving corps. New 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has to be happy with the addition of Boldin to an already dynamic San Francisco offense. Boldin, who is currently on a mission in Africa, still needs to pass a physical to complete the trade.

Boldin wasn’t the only franchise receiver to be traded to the NFC West on Monday. The Minnesota Vikings dealt WR Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for several draft picks, including a first round pick (#25) in 2013. Harvin initially requested a trade last summer, citing frustrations with leadership in Minnesota, but team ownership denied all claims that the Vikings were entertaining trade partners. The 24-year old Harvin caught 62 passes for 677 yards and 3 touchdowns in nine games before breaking his ankle last season. Before the injury, Harvin was mentioned as a possible candidate.

Like Boldin, Harvin is a dynamic playmaker who can also impress in the kick return game. He is one of the fastest open field receivers in the NFL, and complements receiver Sidney Rice well in Pete Carroll’s dynamic offense led by quarterback Russel Wilson. Harvin is in the final year of a five year rookie contract worth $12 million, and will make just over $1.5 million in 2013. Harvin is expected to work out a long-tern deal on par with the $15 million annual salary earned by elite wide receivers Calvin Johnson (Detroit) and Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona).

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