Anquan Boldin learned about the trade as he was traveling to Africa for a charity mission. He said he was stunned to hear that the Baltimore Ravens traded him to the San Francisco 49ers.
In Baltimore, his coach was John Harbaugh; his coach in San Francisco will be his former coach’s brother, Jim Harbaugh. He told ESPN that he sees the 49ers as “a team that’s very close, a team that I feel like is on the cusp … and hopefully I can go there and help them achieve the goals they have in mind.”
Boldin also posted a message of thanks to Ravens fans through his Twitter account Tuesday.
“I would like thank the Ravens fans for their incredible support for myself and my family throughout my years in Baltimore,” he wrote. “I am grateful in getting to know you and will miss what I call home.
“I thought this was the last stop of my career but regardless of the circumstances I came here to win a Championship and in February we came home Champions.”
A 10-year veteran, Boldin led Baltimore with 65 catches for 921 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. He was sensational in the postseason, totaling 16 receptions for 276 yards and three scores.
Boldin spent the first seven seasons of his NFL career with Arizona, which lost the 2009 Super Bowl to Pittsburgh. In that game, Boldin caught eight passes for 84 yards.
He came to Baltimore in a trade before the 2010 season. The team reached the playoffs during all three of his seasons with the Ravens.
The Ravens knew changes were coming, so the deal didn’t come as a total shock.