Here’s a Super Bowl twist: A guy who helped Baltimore beat San Francisco for the NFL title now is a 49er.
San Francisco acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin from the Ravens for a sixth-round draft pick Monday. Boldin, a star in Baltimore’s run to the Super Bowl title last season, must pass a physical to complete the deal.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco expressed his disappointment.
“Anquan was a great receiver for myself and for our football team,” said Flacco, who signed a six-year, $120.6 million deal last week.
Boldin had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the 49ers.
The 32-year-old had said he’d consider retirement rather than leave Baltimore. But going to the NFC champions might change his mind.
Boldin and former Cardinals teammate Larry Fitzgerald are in Africa for a relief trip, and Boldin was not immediately available for comment.
SEAHAWKS: Percy Harvin is headed to Seattle, and Adrian Peterson isn’t happy about it.
Minnesota’s wide receiver will join the Seahawks for a package of draft picks that includes Seattle’s first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall. A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed details on condition of anonymity, as Harvin still must pass a physical.
The 24-year-old will give second-year quarterback Russell Wilson a dynamic playmaker not yet at his peak. His departure from Minnesota will leave an even bigger void in a group of receivers that was already one of the thinnest in the NFL.
Peterson, the Vikings’ star running back and league MVP, lashed out on Twitter: “The best all around player I ever seen or you’ll ever see! Goes to Seattle! I feel like I just got kicked in the stomach. Several times!!!”
Harvin was producing at an All-Pro level until spraining his left ankle Nov. 4 in a game at Seattle. He was placed on injured reserve a month later. He led the NFL in total yards, including rushing, receiving and returning, at the time of his injury.
The Vikings were in a bind despite repeated declarations that they had “no intent” to trade Harvin.
JETS: Quarterback David Garrard, who has not played in the NFL since 2010, was signed to back up – and provide a challenge to – Mark Sanchez.
CARDINALS: Running back Beanie Wells has been released after four injury-plagued seasons. A first-round pick in 2009, Wells has only played one full season – his rookie year.