Curran: If Boldin hits market, do Pats make a call?

Curran: If Boldin hits market, do Pats make a call?
March 9, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Boldin, the Ravens wide receiver who went off in the 2012 postseason, refused on Saturday a request to shave his base salary down from $6 million in 2013.

(USA Today Sports)

Joe Flacco's postseason run earned him a record contract. Anquan Boldin's earned him a request for a pay reduction.

Boldin, the Ravens wide receiver who went off in the 2012 postseason, refused on Saturday a request to shave his base salary down from $6 million in 2013.

With the Ravens trying to create cap space, Jarrett Bell of USA Today reports that Boldin expects to be released.

Boldin, who will turn 33 in October, had 22 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns in the playoffs. In the Ravens' Super Bowl win, he scored the game's first touchdown on a contested throw to the end zone, outfought Chris Culliver for a 30-yard reception on the sideline in the first half and made two crucial catches consecutively on the Ravens fourth-quarter scoring drive that stretched the Ravens lead from 31-29 to 34-29

He is the kind of physical receiver that competes for the ball when it's in the air with unmistakeable aggression. It's a need the Patriots should try to fill. The size of the Patriots wideouts make them easy to get bumped off the ball.

And there's been very little interest shown by Brandon Lloyd, the Patriots only outside target under contract for 2013, for becoming more aggressive.

But Boldin's postseason performance has his stock at an all-time high. He's the flavor of the month despite being four seasons removed from his last of three Pro Bowl appearances when he was with Arizona.

Boldin told Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk Live last month that he'd retire a Raven. If he doesn't stick to his word, would the Patriots show interest in a player whose been on the market at other times in his career and attainable for a lesser price yet not signed by New England?

One other dynamic to watch for is that Boldin is represented by Tom Condon of CAA. The Patriots have had sticky negotiations with Condon in the past and the fact that Lloyd - a Condon client - is on the outs in New England after one season isn't going to make the agent feel better about sending his clients into Foxboro.