According to ESPN, the Baltimore Ravens have traded Anquan Boldin to the 49'ers for a sixth round pick in the upcoming draft. The move will save Baltimore $5.5M and bring them close to $9M under the cap before the start of free agency at 4:00pm ET tomorrow.
This move comes a day after it was reported that Boldin declined to take a $2M pay cut in his $6M salary for the 2013 season. Earlier today, Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco supported Boldin's stance by claiming players like Boldin "believe you're worth a number and that's what you should get." Easy enough of a stance to take for the highest paid player in NFL history, but I digress.
Boldin had a good argument to keep his salary after putting up arguably the second-best performance from a Raven in the post season by putting up 22 catches for 380 yards and 4 touchdowns on the way to the Ravens winning Super Bowl XLVII. However, clearly the Ravens couldn't stomach the cap hit and were willing to settle for less than the fifth round selection the Steelers received in the Santonio Holmes trade.
It seems the Harbaughs are into helping each other out, whether that means sharing secrets about beating the Steelers, or getting a return of pennies on the dollar for a good veteran.