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.