Should the New York Jets Target Anquan Boldin in Free Agency?

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Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) celebrates a play against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

This possibility is still in the “hypothetical” phase, but it is still out there.

We all know about the team friendly contract that Joe Flacco signed with the Ravens recently. 6 years $120.6 million with $52 million guaranteed! You might ask how this contract is team friendly? I mean, the contract is to make Flacco the highest paid player in the history of the sport, how does it help??

Well, the contract is back-loaded. It frees up more money in the front end of the contract, which should allow the Ravens more freedom to make other moves. So, Ozzie Newsome and company have turned their attention to Anquan Boldin, among other guys. According to a couple of published reports this week, the Ravens have come to Boldin to ask him about taking a pay cut to help with the salary cap.

Boldin’s response?  No.  According to the Baltimore Sun newspaper, Boldin is likely going to be released if he doesn’t accept a re-working of his contract.  Anquan is preparing to become an unrestricted free agent, according to the linked up reports, per above.

The question this morning, is ‘Should the Jets Target Anquan Boldin in Free Agency?’

Let’s talk about it.

He has certainly been a consistent receiver throughout his career, take a look:

Season Team Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2012 Baltimore Ravens 15             15 65 921 14.2 43 4 1 3 3.0 3 0
2011 Baltimore Ravens 14             14 57 887 15.6 56 3
2010 Baltimore Ravens 16             16 64 837 13.1 61 7 2 2 1.0 3 0 1 1
2009 Arizona Cardinals 15             15 84 1,024 12.2 44 4 3 12 4.0 5T 1 3 2
2008 Arizona Cardinals 12             11 89 1,038 11.7 79T 11 9 67 7.4 30 0 4 3
2007 Arizona Cardinals 12             11 71 853 12.0 44T 9 1 14 14.0 14 0 2 1
2006 Arizona Cardinals 16             16 83 1,203 14.5 64 4 5 28 5.6 18 0 1 0
2005 Arizona Cardinals 14             14 102 1,402 13.7 54T 7 12 45 3.8 11 0 2 1
2004 Arizona Cardinals 10             9 56 623 11.1 31T 1 1 3 3.0 3 0 1 1
2003 Arizona Cardinals 16             16 101 1,377 13.6 71T 8 5 40 8.0 23 0 3 3
TOTAL 772 10,165 13.2 79 58 39 214 5.5 30 1 17 12

Boldin has averaged over 77 receptions per season, which is basically the model of consistency.  The Jets need receivers that can be counted on, and Anquan Boldin is just that type of wide receiver.  His 22 receptions for 380 yards and 4 TDs marked a marvelous step up in production when the chips were down.

There is no question about Boldin’s abilities, and his big game abilities, even 10 years into his career.

Rumors are floating around the Jets’ mainstream media that the Jets are not going to bring back fan favorite wide receiver Braylon Edwards.  This, to me, would be a mistake, but if it were to happen, the Jets would be “hiring” at the wide receiver position.

The idea has to cross their mind, doesn’t it?

We will talk more on the next page.

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