Anquan Boldin, the tight end who caught the first touchdown of the Super Bowl last Sunday, said he would retire from the NFL if the champion Baltimore Ravens released him in a salary-cap concession.
At 32, Boldin has another season on a four-year, $25-million contract and is scheduled to make $6 million for the 2013 campaign. However, there are other key Ravens whose contracts are up, placing Boldin’s future in doubt. The others the team has to consider re-signing are quarterback Joe Flacco, veteran safety Ed Reed and linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger.
Does not matter to Boldin. He said on NBC Sports Radio: “I won’t play in another uniform. We have a saying, once a Raven, always a Raven, and I’ll always be a Raven.”
Boldin caught 65 passes for 921 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games this season, his third with Baltimore. He caught six passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ 34-31 Super Bowl win against the San Francisco 49ers.
“I think you go out and let your play speak for itself,” Boldin told NBC Sports Radio. “You deal with that if you have to, but, I think for me — I know for me — Baltimore is the only place I want to play.”