The Baltimore Ravens need a possession wide receiver, and coach John Harbaugh has mentioned he likes the idea of a return for Anquan Boldin.
It seems like we’ve repeated it ad nauseum at this point, but the Baltimore Ravens need a wide receiver. With the retirement of Steve Smith Sr. and the departure of Kamar Aiken, the team needs some depth at the position.
Specifically, the type of receiver the team needs is a possession receiver, essentially the role that Steve Smith was in this past year, and other receivers, such as Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason, have been in in the past.
Well one possibility to fill that position, could be a player who’s done it before, and who’s done it before as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, and that’s the aforementioned Anquan Boldin.
Coach John Harbaugh has talked about the idea of Boldin returning in a positive tone:
"I will say this: I do believe [Boldin] can still play at the highest level. His ability and skills are such that he’s not going to drop off the edge just because how he plays. I know he loved it in Baltimore. I loved him in Baltimore. I didn’t want him to have to leave when it happened. That’s just the way things worked out. I’d be for it."
Boldin could easily fill the possession receiver role that he filled in the past for the Ravens. Granted, at his age, he’s well past his prime, but he wouldn’t need to carry the team, that’s what Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman are for.
Just a month after Boldin joined the Ravens in raising the Lombardi Trophy after their 2012 Super Bowl win, the now-36-year-old was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth round draft pick.
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The Ravens eventually traded that sixth-round pick, along with their second and fifth-round picks to the Seattle Seahawks for Seattle’s second-round pick, which they used to select linebacker Arthur Brown.
Personally, I was disappointed that the Ravens traded away Boldin, as he was a very valuable member of the team, not just in their Super Bowl year, but since he joined the team in 2010.
Boldin stayed with the 49ers from 2013-2015 and then signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions last season.
The 2016 season was by far Boldin’s worst of his career. He played in all 16 games and caught 67 balls (a five-year low) for 584 yards (a career-low) and eight touchdowns.
If the Ravens do choose to bring Boldin back, the move likely wouldn’t happen before May 9th, as Boldin is an unrestricted free agent and signing him before that date would cause the Ravens to lose a compensatory draft pick in next year’s draft.
Before Boldin got traded, he said he wanted to end his career in Baltimore. Perhaps the Ravens will give him the chance to do just that.