Some people take their brand on their uniform very serious and it seems Anquan Boldin is one of those guys. The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver said in an interview Friday on NBC Sports Radio that would end his career before playing for another team.
I won’t play in another uniform. We have a saying, once a Raven, always a Raven, and I’ll always be a Raven.
Boldin, 32, played a major factor in the post season in helping the Ravens win their second Super Bowl last Sunday, catching six passes for 104 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers. Boldin caught 65 passes for 921 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games this season, his third with the Ravens. But he is in the last year of his 4 year $25 million dollar contract and is due $6 million next season. But money could be tight as six starters will become unrestricted free agents, including quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco’s agents have been noted to wanting the ridiculously large contract that was given to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, but doing so would limit funds for other players. In order to clear the salary cap space, players like Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin have a possibility of being released.
I think you go out and let your play speak for itself. You deal with that if you have to, but, I think for me — I know for me — Baltimore is the only place I want to play.”
I hope you think long and hard about this Baltimore and Boldin. Baltimore can’t afford to lose such a threat on the outside if they want even a half a shot at a repeat. And Boldin still has plenty of years left, so I would hope he would be willing to give another team a try instead of retiring. But I guess we shall see how this bird flies…