If you can't beat him, trade for him.
That's what the 49ers did today with receiver Anquan Boldin, agreeing to send a sixth-round pick to Baltimore for the veteran wideout, who gave the 49ers fits in the Super Bowl. The Ravens were pressed against the salary cap and would have had trouble accounting for Boldin's $6 million salary.
The trade is pending a physical, which won't be completed until Boldin, 32, returns from a trip to Africa. By then, the 49ers ostensibly will have completed a deal to send Alex Smith to the Chiefs, giving them plenty of salary-cap space to accommodate the trade and Boldin's $6 million cap figure.
News of the deal was first reported by The Baltimore Sun. The 49ers do not comment on transactions until they are complete. However, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, appearing on NFL Live, said he welcomed another weapon to the offense. "We'll be happy to take him," Kaepernick said of Boldin.
The trade, of course, sends Boldin from one Harbaugh-coached team to another. Boldin was a 49ers nemesis when he was the Cardinals from 2003-2009. And he made several huge catches in the Super Bowl - including the Ravens' first touchdown - in racking up 104 yards and a 17.3 yards-per-catch average. Over his career, he has caught 90 passes for 1,157 yards and eight touchdowns against the 49ers.
The 49ers, meanwhile, had a big question mark at the starting receiver spot opposite Michael Crabtree. Both Randy Moss and Ted Ginn are pending free agents who are not expected back while Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams are coming off of late-season ACL injuries.
The 49ers were expecting 15 picks in the upcoming draft. The 49ers had two sixth-round picks -- Miami's (12th overall in that round) and their own (31st). It's not yet know which pick will be heading to Baltimore.
-- Matt Barrows