Cardinals pull trigger, deal Boldin to Ravens

The Cardinals finally pulled the trigger on dealing WR Anquan Boldin.

The Cardinals sent Boldin and a 2010 fifth-round pick to the Ravens on Friday for 2010 third- and fourth-round picks.

Boldin, who was set to enter the final year of a contract that would have paid him $3 million in 2010, agreed to a new deal that added three years on his existing contract, according to NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora. Boldin’s new contract is worth a maximum of $25 million for the final three years, with $10 million guaranteed, a league source told La Canfora.

“The Ravens just got better,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told the team’s official Web site. “Anquan is a significant addition for us. He fits the personality of our team with the hard-nosed, physical way he plays. We love the way he competes. Our fans will enjoy watching him compete and his teammates will be excited to have him with us.”

The addition of Boldin gives the Ravens the true No. 1 receiver they’ve been lacking. The Ravens have upgraded the position twice this offseason, also signing Donte Stallworth to a one-year, $900,000 contract last month following his year-long suspension. It remains to be seen how or if veteran Derrick Mason — an unrestricted free agent who has flirted with retirement — fits into the Ravens’ future. Kelley Washington, the team’s No. 3 receiver last season, is also an unrestricted free agent.

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