When the Baltimore Ravens traded No. 1 wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for a mere sixth-round pick, many viewed it as a kind favor from brother to brother. While the move greatly benefited the 49ers and excited the team’s fan base, there is another group of people that are thrilled Boldin is no longer in Baltimore. Those people are the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs.
Steelers safety Ryan Clark appeared on NFL AM on the NFL Network this morning and appeared thrilled that the Ravens decided to move on from Boldin. He went as far as to call Boldin the toughest match up in the division.
“I’m not upset about it at all — I think that was a very good move by the Baltimore Ravens,” Clark said, via Pro Football Talk.
“If you look at the plays Anquan Boldin makes . . . you think about the plays he made to get them to that Super Bowl, I think he’s the difference-maker, he’s the guy who brings the toughness to that receiving corps, I think it’s going to be tough to replace him, both leadership-wise, as well as his play on the field.”
It will be interesting to see who will step up and replace Boldin on the outside, but the Ravens will certainly need to find a player capable.
After paying $100 million for their quarterback and watching a number of players leave in free agency, Baltimore needs to add talent to their roster to avoid a major letdown following their Super Bowl run.