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Ravens players lament the departure of Anquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin, Usama Young

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) is tackled by Cleveland Browns free safety Usama Young (28) during an NFL football game in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)


News out of Baltimore had been pointing toward the departure of wide receiver Anquan Boldin for several days now, but it seems Ravens players were not actually expecting to see Boldin leave for another team this offseason.

Several Ravens players took to Twitter to share their thoughts about the deal. Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo expressed trust in General Manager Ozzie Newsome while saying it “sucks” that important players get cast aside, and several players pointed out the unfortunate reality of the business side of the game.

JP Finlay of has other reactions from Ravens players. The reality is that Boldin was on his way out of Baltimore one way or the other this week because of his salary. The Ravens players might not like that, but should take some solace in the fact that their team was able to get something for Boldin on his way out the door.