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Should the Ravens Trade for Boldin?

Here we go again. From The Baltimore Sun…

In a move that could drastically change this year’s NFL draft, the Ravens have expressed interest in acquiring wide receiver Anquan Boldin from the Arizona Cardinals, a league source confirmed Thursday.

It would likely take a first- and a third-round draft pick to acquire Boldin, who had 89 catches for 1,038 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.

This is the third time in five years the Ravens have considered trading for a wide receiver. Their trade for Terrell Owens in 2004 was rescinded, and the team failed to complete a deal for Randy Moss in 2005.

Asked whether the Ravens have contacted the Cardinals about Boldin, general manager Ozzie Newsome said Thursday: “With the draft coming up, I’ve had a chance to talk to eight different teams over the past 48 hours.”

Boldin, 28, would be attractive to the Ravens because they couldn’t draft a proven receiver like him with the 26th overall pick.

The long standing rumor for at least the past two seasons about Baltimore attempting to swing a trade appears to be closer to reality. It had been suggested from some Baltimore media outlets that the Ravens should trade Terrell Suggs straight up for the star wide receiver. But this was never fully explored and quite frankly I’m pleased since Suggs is a player that the franchise should try to lock up long term.

Boldin is an intriguing player. He could bring some big play ability even though he is not a true burner. He would no doubt be an upgrade over their current crop at the position and it is an area that cost them in the AFC championship game. Receivers that have the ability to create separation and create yards after the catch.

The real question then is what is the cost for his services. Can the team afford to give up two high draft picks when they have other areas of need? Could they package a pick with a player such as Todd Heap or Mason to get what they want?

I see the team really trying to explore this move. Baltimore was unusually active before this year’s draft. They are looking to make a championship run now and drafting a young receiver in the first round may not give them a productive player this season. The time is now weather they pull the trigger in the move still remains to be seen.

What do you think? Should Baltimore make this trade and what should they offer?

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One Response to “Should the Ravens Trade for Boldin?”

  1. SK says:

    Give up McGahee, Clayton and a 3rd Rounder

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