It appears that the post-Super Bowl honeymoon between the Baltimore Ravens and wide receiver Anquan Boldin is officially over.
After declaring that he would either be re-signed by the Ravens or retire shortly after the Super Bowl, USA Today has reported that Boldin has rejected a proposed pay cut from the Ravens and will test the free-agent market.
According to a report from FOX Sports, the Ravens pushed for Boldin to renegotiate his current $6 million base salary for the 2013 season and planned to release him before free agency officially starts on Tuesday, March 12.
UPDATE: Sunday, March 10 at 11:46 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson has the latest on the reported pay cut the Ravens want Anquan Boldin to take.
Aaron Wilson @AaronWilson_NFL
Ravens wanted Anquan Boldin to take a $2 million paycut and he declined, according to a league source.3/10/2013, 3:33:54 PM
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UPDATE: Saturday, March 9 at 6:20 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
ESPN has released a report based on information from Adam Schefter that disagrees with Fox Sports' original story that Boldin was told that he would be released if he did not restructure his contract. The article states the following:
Boldin said on Saturday that Baltimore might have to do a restructuring of some sort, but to this point and his knowledge, the Ravens have not.
As for his future, Boldin told Schefter that he would speak with his family before he makes any decisions, but as far as he is concerned and knows, he is planning to play for Baltimore next season under the terms of his current contract.
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The Ravens already made a big splash this offseason when they re-upped Joe Flacco with a historic six-year, $120 million contract. With potential free agents like Dannell Ellerbe, the Ravens will need all of the cap flexibility they can get to retain their young talent.
If Boldin is in fact interested in testing the free-agent waters, he shouldn't have any issues finding potential suitors.
The 32-year-old receiver started 15 games for the Ravens last season and racked up 65 receptions for 921 yards and four touchdowns. He was also a key contributor in the Ravens' Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers with six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.
With Boldin set to hit the open market, the 2013 free-agent receiver class just got even stronger.