OWINGS MILLS, Md. – It's been 515 days since the Baltimore Ravens sent wide receiver
But Boldin relived the trade upon his return to his former team's training facility on Saturday.
"No clue," he told reporters when asked whether he saw the March 2013 move coming. "It was shocking."
Place had as much to do with that as time. Boldin revealed that he was deplaning in Senegal to start an Oxfam relief mission, his wife's phone was flooded with text messages offering congratulations.
"Congratulations for what?" Boldin remembered thinking before being informed by his publicist.
After saying he had wanted to "retire a Raven" back then, the now-33-year-old wideout is entrenched with the 49ers. He led the team in receiving (1,179 yards) last season and signed a two-year contract extension in March.
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco knows what to expect from his former go-to receiver this weekend. He told reporters Boldin's competitive fire would show during 1-on-1 drills with Ravens cornerbacks.
Flacco's head coach also said he was looking forward to having an up-close look at number 81, whom he never wanted to see leave.
“It was very painful. I still blame Ozzie (Newsome),” John Harbaugh joked with reporters before Saturday's practice, referencing the team's general manager. “I’m still sore from that deal. But it was something we had to do together.
"We tried like crazy to keep Anquan. We fought like crazy, but we were fighting against a number. And those numbers are things that sometimes aren’t as pliable as you’d like them to be... And that was our issue on that one. We certainly didn’t want to trade Anquan Boldin. He was one, if not, our best player.”