Flacco on Boldin: “He’s a huge part of this team”

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With the news this weekend that the Ravens have asked Anquan Boldin to take a pay cut – and the conflicting reports of whether or not Boldin has rejected their proposal – opinions have been flying around Baltimore regarding number 81.

Tony Lombardi gave his take here, while Kris Jones offered this counterpoint.

One guy who is on the “keep Q” side of the fence is Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

Per USA today, Flacco had the following to say:

“Without him, we don’t win the Super Bowl. He’s a huge part of this team and someone I want to see back,” Flacco, who signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract this offseason, told USA Today Sports. “Obviously, when you’re a player of his caliber, you believe you’re worth a number and that’s what you should get. He’s going to stick to his guns, and that’s the way it should be.”

One has to believe that Joe fully realizes the value of his connection with Boldin, which was on full display after the departure of former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, and especially during the team’s Super Bowl run.

At his press conference announcing his contract extension, Flacco said that, “I love to play with [my teammates], so hopefully it works out very good for the organization and we can keep as many people as I need.” It isn’t far-fetched to imagine that Boldin was at the front of his mind when he said that. As much as I’m sure Joe would like to see guys like Dannell Ellerbe back, keeping Boldin and say, Bryan McKinnie probably takes precedent for the quarterback.

Chris Wesseling of NFL.com writes that there may be some strife between Boldin and his agent regarding the salary reduction:

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, ProFootballTalk reported on Saturday that Boldin’s chances of staying with the Ravens are “50-50.” An obviously torn Boldin has expressed sentiments that don’t mesh with those of sourced reports, raising suspicion that his agent wants him to hit the market in search of a better deal.

If this is indeed the case, Ravens fans hope that Boldin tells his agent to go take a long walk off a short pier. Unfortunately, this is the business side of football, which doesn’t always work out the way fans would prefer.

Hopefully Boldin and the team can come to an agreement soon. All the hand-waving in the world about why the team might be OK WITHOUT “Q” doesn’t change the fact that they will certainly be at least a bit better WITH him.

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6 Raves on “Flacco on Boldin: “He’s a huge part of this team”

  1. Tgun42 on said:

    Flacco should have thought about that point when he signed his deal. He says money is not important and it is all about respect on one point, but then how is he respecting the same players he is standing up for by being the reason we have no cap space. To me the biggest hippocites on the team is Flacco and Suggs. I would have respected Joe more if he would have taken a deal that would have allowed us to get plaers of need. And before he got Hurt Suggs was going to talk more money then the inflated contract he already has.

  2. Eeyoreartist on said:

    Derek Arnold is right Tgun42…
    It doesn’t seem that you educated yourself properly on the cap situation. Joe’s deal was indeed extremely cap friendly; especially for the likes of Boldin and Ellerbe. There is no hypocrisy whatsoever on the part of Flacco OR Suggs. Education is everything. It seems as though you cut and pasted all of the typical, dingbat jargon all the lemmings blurt out while having no clue what goes into building and maintaining a quality football organization in the salary cap era.

  3. Ravenwoman on said:

    Unfortunately a tight salary cap is the price you pay when you have so many quality players on the team that you want to retain, but now the Ravens have to pick and choose. I see no disrespect on the part of the Ravens asking Anquan to take a pay cut. This is not personal or a reflection on his recent performance. The fact is that the Ravens do not wish to pay $6M to a 32 year old possession receiver. It’s not that they don’t want Anquan. They just want him at the price that he is worth on the open market and I would venture to say that Anquan Boldin could not fetch $6M on the open market. If the Ravens can save another $2M, they might have a chance to participate with other free agents and better the team. The Ravens going forward are going to have to run a lean mean machine with regard to paying players and the salary cap.

    The selling point to the rest of the league is that the Ravens are a great winning organization that gets to the playoffs every year. Play for a little less and play for a winner!!

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