The Ravens made one of the bigger splashes of free agency earlier this month when they traded third- and fourth-round draft picks to the Cardinals in exchange for WR Anquan Boldin. Speaking with NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora on Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team’s aggressive pursuit of Boldin was done with the idea of helping QB Joe Flacco develop.
“Good players make players better,” Harbaugh said. “All great players want to be surrounded by great players. I don’t think you look at any great player out there at any level and he wants to be the only guy. You have a great player next to you that’s going to make you better, and obviously, that’s going to make all our guys better.”
When it comes to making Flacco better, Harbaugh believes Boldin will help most in the red zone.
“(The red zone) is a critical element for both teams on both sides of the ball,” the coach said. “Things happen faster down there. The field is constricted to a certain extent. Throws are tighter. (When) you give guys some weapons, too — some guys that can make some plays in the red zone — that helps.”