49ers acquire WR Boldin from Ravens
NFL NOTES ASSOCIATED PRESS,
Here's a Super Bowl twist: A guy who helped Baltimore beat San Francisco for the NFL title now is a 49er.
San Francisco acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin from the Ravens for a sixth-round draft pick Monday. Boldin, a star in Baltimore's run to the Super Bowl title last season, must pass a physical to complete the deal.
The Ravens announced the trade Monday, prompting a disappointed response from quarterback Joe Flacco.
"Anquan was a great receiver for myself and for our football team," said Flacco, who signed a six-year, $120.6 million deal with the Ravens last week. "It's sad to see a guy like that go, but at the same time you want what's best for him and you just wish him the best of luck.
"Anquan was a big part of this football team, a big part of this offense. He's one of the main reasons we won the Super Bowl this year."
Boldin had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the 49ers.
The 32-year-old Boldin had said he'd consider retirement rather than leave Baltimore. But going to the NFC champions might change his mind.
Boldin and former Cardinals teammate Larry Fitzgerald are in Africa for a relief trip and Boldin was not immediately available for comment.
Giants give Cruz 1st-round tender: The New York Giants are allowing Victor Cruz to enter restricted free agency, placing a first-round tender on the wide receiver.
Team owner John Mara said Monday the Giants will risk having Cruz agree to a contract with another club. New York has the right to match any offer. If the Giants allow him to leave, they will get a first-round draft choice as compensation.
The tender is worth $2.879 million for 2012 for Cruz, who has not made half of that in his three pro seasons. But Cruz believes he can earn more on the open market.
Sanchez has 'leg up' for Jets: Mark Sanchez is still No. 1 on the New York Jets' quarterback depth chart, and will remain there -- for now.
Recently hired offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg expects the Jets to have an open competition at quarterback this offseason, even though Sanchez starts with a slight edge.
"Mark will probably have just a little bit of a leg up, it would appear," Mornhinweg said Monday during a conference call a few hours before the team signed veteran David Garrard. "I would like to have competition at that position as well as all the other positions. There are a select few on this football team that have kind of earned the right to step in there as No. 1 on the depth chart.
"But I certainly would like competition at all the other spots, including the quarterback spot."
The maligned Sanchez, who was benched by coach Rex Ryan late last season, will remain with the Jets, in large part due to the $8.25 million in guarantees he's owed this year. He struggled mightily last season, appearing to lose confidence as he threw 18 interceptions and just 13 touchdowns.
The newly signed Garrard has not played in the NFL since 2010. He started 76 games in nine seasons with Jacksonville. He played in the 2009 Pro Bowl.
Griffin progressing well: Robert Griffin III remains ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from major knee surgery.
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Griffin's muscles are stronger than expected at this stage in the quarterback's recovery from the January surgery to repair two ligaments in the right knee.
Shanahan says Griffin is working out at Redskins Park twice a day for a combined six to seven hours.
The coach said he had "no idea" if Griffin will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, but adds, "If work has anything to do with it, he probably will."
Shanahan says he'll know more in July, when the Redskins open training camp.
Vikings trade Harvin: Percy Harvin is headed to Seattle, and Adrian Peterson isn't happy about it.
Harvin, Minnesota's moody and multi-talented young wide receiver, will join the Seahawks for a package of draft picks that includes Seattle's first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall. Two people with knowledge of the deal confirmed the details Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade won't be official until the league's new year begins today and Harvin passes a physical.
The 24-year-old Harvin will give second-year quarterback Russell Wilson a dynamic playmaker not yet at his peak.
His departure from Minnesota will leave an even bigger void in a group of receivers that was already one of the thinnest in the NFL -- and at least one disappointed former teammate in Peterson, the star running back and league MVP.
"The best all around player I ever seen or you'll ever see! Goes to Seattle! I feel like I just got kicked in the stomach. Several times!!!" Peterson posted on Twitter.