Rick Reilly Says Ravens Trading Anquan Boldin “May Be Worst Trade In NFL History”

Anquan Boldin - 49ersWatching Anquan Boldin make 13 catches for 208 yards in his debut with the 49ers was tough. The Ravens certainly missed him in week one with Dennis Pitta and Jacoby Jones‘ injuries. However, Q wouldn’t have stopped Peyton Manning from throwing for 462 yards and he wouldn’t have kept the Broncos from scoring 49 points.

After being named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, ESPN’s Rick Reilly has already decided that the Ravens made the worst trade in the history of the National Football League. He’s also constructed the theory that John Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh orchestrated the deal between Baltimore and San Francisco.

A SIXTH-ROUND PICK! You usually can’t get a blocking sled for a sixth-round pick! A sixth-round pick is, in actual dollars, equal in value to a Subway Frequent Eater card with nine punches.

Just to repeat: Older brother John GAVE younger brother Jim his best receiver a month after beating him in the Super Bowl.

I had no idea head coaches made trades. For some reason, I always thought that was the job of the general manager. Who knew?

Reilly also goes on to say that the Ravens “wanted the guy who helped lead them to a world championship to take a $2 million pay cut.” No they didn’t, Joe Flacco signed a six-year, $120 million extension.

It’s amazing the conclusions that experts can come to after one week of football.

And what did the Ravens do with all the money they saved on Boldin? They spent it on defense. That defense then went to Denver and gave up the most points in franchise history.

Clearly the Ravens defense will be the worst in the league all season long. Why wouldn’t they? They’re ranked 32nd after the first 60 minutes of the 2013-2014 season.

Why even bother playing out the rest of the season? It’s all figured out. The Ravens will go 0-16 and Boldin will lead the 49ers back to the Super Bowl as part of the worst deal since the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

3 Comments

  1. MGW

    September 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Reilly has had a lot of stupid stuff to say about Baltimore lately, this is just the latest.

  2. Casey Case

    September 13, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Rick Reilly is a ass****, one only has to read his remarks to prove that. Commentators build the careers on controversy and saying dumb sh***.

  3. Adam

    September 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

    This article is complete balderdash. You know what the Ravens wouldn’t of had if they kept Anquan Boldin? CAP SPACE, one of the most valuable commodities in any professional sports league, sans MLB.

    Darryl Smith, who by the way has played every snap with the Ravens as starting-ILB, would not be on this team if it were not for said cap space. Chris Canty? Doubt he’d be here too. What about that guy named Elvis Dumervil? You think they could have signed him as well with the pre-Boldin trade cap space? Not a chance.

    It’s articles like this that prove people look at things from such a face value. Dig a little deeper, the trade had quite a ripple effect on their roster, in a positive manner. You can’t be deep at all positions, and I don’t think they could have predicted such injuries to Pitta and Jones.

    Be patient, and don’t write your articles on such an impulse next time. There are still many weeks left in the season, and last time I checked, the teams that fight through adversity seem to have a better chance of performing in the playoffs. (see 2012 Ravens, 2011 Giants)