Anquan Boldin's future in Baltimore appears cloudy right now as no one knows for sure what's going on. But quarterback Joe Flacco made his feelings clear this weekend.
In speaking with USA TODAY Sunday, Flacco said the Ravens might not have found the success they did this season without Boldin, who truly was invaluable down the stretch.
"Without him, we don't win the Super Bowl. He's a huge part of this team and someone I want to see back," Flacco told USA TODAY Sports. "Obviously, when you're a player of his caliber, you believe you're worth a number and that's what you should get. He's going to stick to his guns, and that's the way it should be."
USA TODAY reported in the article that Boldin, 32, is the second-oldest player on the roster and his cap number for the upcoming season will be $7.531 million. That's where the problem is because the Ravens are trying to make room to re-sign linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and make other moves.
But losing Boldin would be a blow. He was huge in the post-season and really connected with Flacco to help the Baltimore passing game move to another level.
"He was really important down the stretch," Flacco said in the USA TODAY article. "He's a guy who knows what he's doing. He's done it over and over again in this league. We just really started to hit it and really attack."
There's been a number of reports about exactly what Boldin's situation is at this point with USA TODAY reporting in this article that Boldin "turned down the Ravens' bid to restructure his deal, and is preparing to become an unrestricted free agent if released, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations."
Flacco would back Boldin no matter what happens because he understands the way the NFL works.
"This league is about going out and performing and playing well and having fun doing so," Flacco said in the article. "But it's also our livelihood and it's about getting paid. So teams are going to let go of you as soon as they can. So when you're playing, you have to make sure you can get as much money as you can because that's what's going to take care of your family down the road."