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Boldin: Ravens are losing the key components of their title run


Having been shipped from Baltimore to San Francisco, wide receiver Anquan Boldin says he’s surprised to see that the Ravens’ front office has decided not to keep together the nucleus of a team that just won the Super Bowl.

Asked on Mike and Mike in the Morning if he was surprised that the Ravens are losing so many players who played significant roles in their championship, Boldin answered, “Definitely.”

“I thought those guys were key components of winning last year -- Paul Kruger had a great year, Dannell Ellerbe played great for us, especially down the stretch, myself included in that, a guy like Ed Reed, I don’t think you can let him go -- he’s a Raven legend, the things he’s done for that organization, you can’t lose a guy like that,” Boldin said.

Baltimore also lost two of its top veteran leaders, linebacker Ray Lewis and center Matt Birk, to retirement. That’s a lot to replace.

But while Boldin doesn’t like the fact that the Ravens sent him packing, he says he’ll have positive thoughts about his time with the team.

“It’s definitely bittersweet. I always felt that when I signed with Baltimore, that would be the last place I would call home in the NFL. But my memories there are great,” Boldin said.

Ravens fans have great memories, too. Of a team that will look a lot different this season than it looked in the Super Bowl.