ARE YOU KIDDING?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

This is crap.  Apparently, the Ravens are out of the running to get Anquan Boldin in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals.  And wait for it, here’s what gets me mad: It’s their own choice.  Wow

According to Jamison Hensley (Baltimore Sun), the Ravens have unofficially taken themselves out of theAnquan Boldin sweepstakes, claiming the price is too high to acquire the Pro Bowl receiver.

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If a first and 3rd is too much to give, than what isn’t?  Don’t get me wrong, I like Darius Heyward-Bey and Kenny Britt, hey, maybe even a good corner or tackle could fall to the Ravens at #26, but how do you know that the guy you draft will ever have an impact?  And most 3rd round picks don’t amount to much, especially on the Ravens.  The only mildly productive player drafted in the 3rd round by the team was Casey Rabach, who is now a Redskin.  Also, if you make the argument about money, and that Boldin will get paid too much, the amount of money you save by trading these two picks could cover part of Boldin’s new contract he wants so much.  Sure, not all of it, but why give up this trade? Boldin is one of the NFL’s best receivers, even if he does do more over-the-middle pass catching than deep balls.  

WHO CARES?!?!?!?!?! 

If I’m Ozzie Newsome, and I know that I have a team made up mostly of guys who were on the team last year that was a couple plays from a Super Bowl, and that my QB could end up being one of the league’s best in a few years, why don’t I jump on the horse and get this guy?  Mason’s not getting any younger, Clayton is unpredictable and Demetrius Williams has never done anything in his whole career.  I just don’t get it.  At all.

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  • Raven Maniac

    I agree completely. I read this earlier, obviously Tony Wisniewski from the Examiner agrees too….–Nonsense

  • Nick

    We are now hearing that the Ravens could land Boldin with a 1st round pick and a player. All signs point to Todd Heap. Now that we signed LJ, and Todd’s trade wouldn’t burn us too badly in the cap… This could realistically happen.

    The Ravens played this VERY smart. They knew that Philly didnt have the picks to deal for Boldin, and the Giants were stingy about it from the start. Plus, we all know the NFC was never Arizona’s first choice. They feigned disinterest, and apparently the pricetag has gone down.

    If Boldin lands in Baltimore, the Steelers are going to get raped.

  • joeb

    good point, but I’m not sure if the thing is that the Ravens thought they were giving up too much, but they wanted the money for Boldin to re-sign Suggs to a long-term deal. There have been a few new developments even since this post.

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  • steved

    this is why joeb is not GM of the ravens or any other pro team. This is called playing your cards right. When a team demands too much and you know they cant get anything from any other team, you send signals that your not interested so they lower their price. They rightfully took themselves out of the running, a 1st and third is too much for a WR. Worse comes worse, we can potentially get two elite players with those picks.

    That being said, I think once the cardinals lower their price the ravens will make a draft day trade to acquire Boldin. Probably a 2nd and player or late round pick or a 1st(and maybe player).

  • joeb

    I don’t understand why you say that. When you have an opportunity to get an already elite player for two guys that are probably not going to be as good as that player, even if they do have pretty good potential, you take it. The other thing is that the Eagles were ready to offer a 1st and 3rd if Arizona held tight on their demands, which they didn’t.

    I understand what you’re saying, but as much as I like them, neither Kenny Britt nor Darrius Heyward-Bey has much of a chance to be as good as Anquan Boldin. Also, even though you didn’t say it, if you’re concerned about the money, trading two picks, or one and Heap make up for the money that the Ravens would need to sign Boldin to his contract. If you were concerned about signing Suggs to a long term deal, I think he would be willing to take less than Boldin, as he knows that acquiring him gives him his best shot at a Super Bowl ring.