Reports began to surface Monday afternoon that Baltimore Ravens clutch receiver Anquan Boldin is being traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
NFL.com reported Monday that Boldin is being traded for a 2013 sixth-round draft pick. A source close to the 49ers reportedly told an NFL.com reporter that the deal is done.
The trade is not expected to be official until Boldin returns from an African mission and passes a physical.
The trade comes on the cusp of a contract negotiation in which Boldin was asked to take a pay reduction for the 2013 season.
Boldin was named the
Ravens' Walter Payton Man of the Year for the 2012 season. As a Raven, Boldin became the fastest player in NFL history to record 600 career receptions, and this year set another milestone - 10,000 career receiving yards. He finished 2012 regular season leading the team in receptions (65) and receiving yards (921), helping the Ravens capture their fifth-consecutive playoff appearance.
While Boldin had fewer catches that some expected in the playoffs, he was noted for making powerful clutch catches that kept key drives alive.
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith reportedly said losing Boldin to the 49ers was like losing a brother. He expressed his frustration and disbelief on Twitter Monday afternoon.
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