Although Boldin is content in Baltimore and wants to remain with the team moving forward, the 10-year veteran might be released by the team during the off-season. Boldin is set to make $6 million in the final year of his deal with the Ravens and not a cent of the final year is guaranteed.
With Boldin becoming expendable due to his deal not being guaranteed, the team may very well let him go before next season and will reportedly retire if that happens via J. Michael of CSNBaltimore.com:
“For me that’s not something that I worry about,” Boldin said to Erik Kuselias of Pro Football Talk. “You go out and let your play speak for itself. You deal with that if you have to, but … Baltimore is the only place I want to play. It’s the last place that I will play. … I’ll retire a Raven. I’m not putting on any other uniform.”
During the 2012 NFL regular season, Boldin recorded his highest total receiving yards in three years with 921 on the year. The veteran receiver also caught four touchdown passes from quarterback Joe Flacco, but it was his play in the NFL playoffs that really made him a value asset to the team.
In four games during the playoffs and Super Bowl, Boldin really stepped up his game and became Flacco’s favorite target in the end zone and downfield with 22 passes for 380 yards and four touchdowns.
With Boldin making an impact in the postseason for the Ravens, the veteran receiver will be hot commodity as a free agent with plenty of teams likely to take interest. Even though Boldin would be able to demand a high asking price for his services, the reigning Super Bowl champion would walkaway from the game rather than play for another team.