How's that headline for an attention grabber?
Anquan Boldin should be traded this offseason to the highest bidder, which will probably get us a 3rd rounder, 2nd if we're lucky, and I will tell you why.
Don't get me wrong, I love Anquan Boldin. He is a great WR, and I can give him no higher compliment than "he plays like a Raven". But he still needs to go.
I have been one of the biggest Cam Cameron haters on this blog, and I still stick by that. Anquan Boldin does not fit Cameron's system, and he will never be properly utilized while Cameron is still here. Yes, I know he was on pace for 1,000+ yards this season before the injuury despite that, but if we shed his salary, we can easily sign the perfect receiver to fit Cam Cameron's style. His name is Vincent Jackson.
At only 29 years old, Jackson is further from decline than Boldin, especially considering the hits and wear and tear Q has taken during his illustrious career. He would automatically become our best red zone threat ever, and he has the height and skills to excel in Cameron's system. With Torrey on the other side, we would have potentially the best 1-2 punch in the league, and Flacco becomes a much better QB. We all know how much the lack of separation by WRs hurt the passing game at times this year, and Jackson is "human separation" at 6'5" 230 pounds.
The slot role, which Boldin should be used in, is occupied by TEs in Cameron's system, and we could see a lot of Pitta and Dickson in the slot with the 2 stud WRs on the outside. Lee Evans could be brought back for a lower price as a backup and insurance policy in case of injury, and we could continue to develop Doss as well. This would free us from needing to spend a high draft pick on a WR, which many people have projected, and instead get some much needed help on O line or at LB.
I know a lot of people are going to call me crazy for suggesting we get rid of Boldin, but I think this puts our offense immediately into the top 10, and makes all the Cameron haters shut their mouth a bit, because his system will suddenly be much more functional than it currently is.