Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ravens score bargain with Boldin

Baltimore Ravens News & Blogs by Tony Lombardi of Ravens24x7.com

The Ravens clearly scored one with the Anquan Boldin contract. The newest Raven will get $10 million in guaranteed money as part of his four year, $28 million deal.

These contractual parameters match those extended to Antonio Bryant by the Bengals. However Bryant’s deal can eclipse Boldin’s with incentives. Nate Burleson’s 5 year, $25 million deal includes $11 million in guarantees.

For the record, here’s how the 3 receivers' careers compare statistically:

Boldin: Age 29; 586 receptions; 7,520 yards; 12.8 ypc; 44 TD's
Bryant: Age 29; 372 receptions; 5,685 yards; 15.3 ypc; 30 TD's
Burleson: Age 28; 263 receptions; 3,547 yards; 13.5 ypc; 27 TD's

Besides the money, the cost to acquire Boldin included a third round and a fourth round pick in 2010. The 2010 fifth round pick the Ravens received in return from the Cardinals was the final negotiating point in the deal. Given the depth in this year’s draft, the Ravens front office believes that there is little drop off in the talent pool from the fourth to fifth round and as a result they view the real cost for Boldin as a third round pick – one they were very comfortable forgoing for the talented former Cardinal.

Opposite Boldin this season will be Derrick Mason. Mason’s two year deal includes $3.5 million in guarantees, essentially making it a one year commitment from the team. Mason fans (and I consider myself one) should not get too used to the idea of No. 85 being in B’more beyond the 2010 season.

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Liz Farmer said...

Agreed -- but let's remember who was throwing the ball to Boldin vs. Bryant and Burleson last year ... will Flacco be able to hold up Boldin's production this year?

Fred Astaire said...

Production is production....in 2003 Boldin had 101 catches for 1300 yards with old-friend Jeff Blake throwing to him. You can dance around anything by talking QB in relation to WO.