The Ravens are unlikely to trade for wide receiver Anquan Boldin, a team source said Monday.
The sticking point is that the Ravens consider the Arizona Cardinals’ asking price too steep, according to the source. The Cardinals are looking for first- and third-round picks in exchange for Boldin.
The Ravens, who have six picks in this weekend’s NFL draft (their fewest since 2000), would consider the trade if it did not involve multiple draft selections. They would become interested if they had to give up only a first- or a second-round pick and a player, the source said.
The problem is, the Dallas Cowboys set a high bar for receivers when they traded picks in the first, third and fifth rounds for Roy Williams last season.
Another issue for the Ravens is the salary cap. The Ravens, who are reportedly a couple of million dollars under the cap, are looking to use the remaining room to sign linebacker Terrell Suggs to an extension
Consider this the next step in the negotiation process.
I think that a “league source” tipping that the Ravens are no longer interested is just a ploy to gauge the market. When you look closer at the other potential suitors to Boldin Baltimore could be competing against itself.
Jacksonville just locked up Torry Holt for 3 years. The Eagles gave up two picks to get Jason Peters and its unlikely they will part with another numer one. The Giants need a reciever but won’t part with two picks. The Dolphins will wisely keep all of their picks in typical Parcells fashion. So, it appears that the pool is shrinking to acquire his services.
It will be interesting to see if Arizona will accept less to move the disgruntled star or if they just hold on to him. I don’t think much else with come of this story until draft day. But I wouldn’t count Baltimore out of this at all.
They are in desperate need of a big play receiver and while the draft is tempting there may not be a player in the first round that will provide the impact they need right away. They are building for a Super Bowl push and reciever is the last area that needs an upgrade.