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Anquan Boldin on trade to 49ers: ‘It was shocking’

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Anquan Boldin never imagined that he’d be the newest member of the San Francisco 49ers’ corps of wide receivers after a trade sent him to the Bay Area in exchange for draft picks. 

The former Baltimore Ravens wideout spoke with ESPN while traveling to Africa for a humanitarian mission, telling producer Ashly Robinson that he was quick to get over the initial surprise.

“You know, for me, it was an initial shock because I had no clue that I was going to be traded,” Boldin said. “It was shocking at first … but I mean it, for me, it is also a good thing. … When I look at the organization and what they’re about … and as a football team, the talent that they have … I think it’s good, a good place for me to be,” 

There are so many intriguing aspects to this move, and Boldin is right to feel positive about where he’s headed. His former coach, John Harbaugh and new coach, Jim Harbaugh are the first brothers to coach against one another in the Super Bowl when 49ers and Ravens squared off in Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3. Baltimore defeated San Francisco, 34-31, but the 49ers appear poised to make another serious run at postseason glory in 2013.

Boldin was a critical component of his final game in  Ravens’ uniform and had a team-high six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. In 2012, he led the team again with 65 catches for 921 yards and four touchdowns. Paired with wide receiver Michael Crabtree, he should form a formidable combination for any opposing defense. 

Joe Flacco‘s nightmare has become Colin Kaepernick‘s dream come true. Here out West, we can’t wait to watch Boldin, perhaps the most physical receiver in the NFL, go up against Seattle Seahawks’ resident trash-talker Richard Sherman twice a year. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.