Baltimore Ravens trade for Anquan Boldin
Ravens get Boldin from Arizona
The Baltimore Ravens obtained three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Anquan Boldin in a trade Friday with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Ravens traded third- and fourth-round draft choices next month to the Cardinals for Boldin and a fifth-round pick, both teams announced.
"Anquan is a player who makes the tough catches, and he is outstanding getting yards after catches," Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said in a written statement released by the club. "He will also help the running game with his blocking skills. He's a very tough competitor, and with the way he plays with passion, he'll fit right in with the foundation we have for our team."
Boldin is scheduled to fly to Baltimore on Sunday and undergo a physical Monday, the Ravens announced. The Ravens will formally introduce him Monday.
According to multiple reports, Boldin agreed to a three-year, $25 million contract extension with the Ravens in conjunction with the trade. He had one season remaining on his previous contract and now is to make $28 million over the next four seasons. The Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots also were reported earlier Friday to be interested in trading for Boldin, who had 586 catches for 7,520 yards and 44 touchdowns in seven seasons with the Cardinals. He had 84 catches for 1,024 yards and four touchdowns last season.
The trade for Boldin gives the Ravens a centerpiece receiver to aid the development of their young quarterback, Joe Flacco. Newsome had been searching for such a receiver, off and on, since before the arrivals of Coach John Harbaugh and Flacco.
Peppers heads to Bears
The Chicago Bears made several of the biggest moves on the opening day of free agency. They signed defensive end Julius Peppers, regarded as the top player available on the unrestricted free agent market, and also added a pair of complementary pieces, tailback Chester Taylor and tight end Brandon Manumaleuna.
The Bears announced the moves at an evening news conference.
Peppers agreed to a six-year deal reportedly worth about $80 million. There were reports earlier Friday that the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles also made contract offers to Peppers.
Vanden Bosch to Detroit
Free agent defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch has decided to leave the Tennessee Titans to sign with the Detroit Lions.
Vanden Bosch has confirmed to media outlets that he has agreed to a contract with the Lions. The deal is worth $26 million over four seasons, according to multiple reports.
Lions Coach Jim Schwartz, formerly the defensive coordinator of the Titans, visited Vanden Bosch at the defensive end's home soon after the free agent signing period began.
Vanden Bosch played the last five seasons for the Titans and had two seasons with 12 or more sacks. But he totaled only 7 1/2 sacks over the past two seasons.
Weaver stays in Philly
Fullback Leonard Weaver, a restricted free agent, has agreed to a three-year deal, worth between $10 million and $11 million, to remain with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to multiple reports.
Colts keep Brackett
The Indianapolis Colts have retained their middle linebacker, Gary Brackett. According to multiple reports, Brackett agreed to a five-year contract to remain with the Colts. He became an unrestricted free agent Friday. But the Colts and Brackett's representatives had been negotiating in recent days to try to complete a deal that would keep Brackett from leaving Indianapolis, and they succeeded. He was signed by the Colts as an undrafted rookie in 2003 and became a starter in 2005. . . .
The Miami Dolphins released linebackers Joey Porter and Akin Ayodele and safety Gibril Wilson, the team announced.
The Dolphins had announced the release of Porter previously, only to be forced to rescind the move temporarily. They announced it Friday as the NFL's uncapped year went into effect.
Linebacker Karlos Dansby agreed to a contract with the Dolphins, according to several reports.
He leaves the Arizona Cardinals and agreed to a five-year, $43 million deal that includes $22 million in guaranteed money, according to the reports. . . .
Safety Antrel Rolle, cut by the Arizona Cardinals, agreed to a five-year contract with the New York Giants.
The deal is worth about $37 million and includes $15 million in guaranteed money, a source said.
-- Mark Maske