BY SPNW Staff 04:16PM 03/11/2013

49ers Counter Seahawks Move, Trade For Boldin

Although the Seahawks have yet to make it official, they acquired WR Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings Monday morning in exchange for Seattle’s first overall pick in the 2013 draft, as well as its seventh-round choice and a third-rounder in 2014. Division rival San Francisco wasted no time countering that move, acquiring stud receiver Anquan Boldin Monday afternoon from the Baltimore Ravens for a sixth-round pick.

Harvin, 24, and Boldin, 32, each need to pass a physical before the trade becomes complete, which won’t be anytime soon, since, according to The Baltimore Sun, Boldin is in Africa doing charity work.

The Super Bowl champion Ravens were willing, reluctantly, to part with Boldin, who led the club — and all NFL receivers — in receptions during the playoffs (22 for 380 yards), because he refused to take a $2 million pay cut as part of a contract restructuring. Boldin signed a four-year, $28 million deal in 2010 and was due $6 million this season.

Boldin, who had 65 catches for 921 yards and four touchdowns during the 2012 regular season, played the last three years with the Ravens after spending the first seven years of his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals. Boldin had five 1,000-yard seasons with Arizona and produced 44 touchdowns.

Boldin posted four 100-yard receiving games against the Seahawks during his tenure with the Cardinals, including a career-best, 13-catch, 186-yard performance Nov. 16, 2008 at CenturyLink Field. In the same game, Larry Fitzgerald had 10 catches for 151 yards in a 26-20 Arizona victory.



  • 1coolguy

    49ers trumped the Hawks – Boldin for a SIXTH round draft choice? Are you serious? The guy is a top 5 receiver and a big target.
    The Hawks got trumped on this one – a first and a seventh – we’ll see what they have to pay the guy.
    Granted Harvin is 24 and Boldin 32, so that definitely counts. We’ll have to see how their contracts compare.

    • art thiel

      Harvin wanted $10M in Minnesota, so he’s going to kill their cap, but these guys are going for it with a premium talent they think will make Wilson even better. Ballsy move, but SF is every bit their equal in testosterone.

    • Michael

      Boldin was a nice pickup for SF, but Browner, Sherman, and Chancellor match up with him no problem.
      Who does SF have that can cover Harvin? Advantage Seattle.

  • jafabian

    Harvin is a multi-purpose player compared to Boldin and gives the Seahawks one more threat on KR’s. I’m not entirely thrilled with the team giving up so many draft choices but I think a rookie would have been hard pressed to make the team anyways. The club needs some veteran experience moreso than more young players. A veteran lineman would be good, especially a pass rusher. To maybe play the same kind of role that Reggie White did in GB.