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Ravens' receiver Boldin rejects pay-cut

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ANQUAN BOLDIN could soon be looking for work as an NFL free agent, contrary to a previous statement by the Baltimore Ravens receiver that he would retire rather than join another team.

Boldin has rejected a Ravens proposal to reduce his salary, and is preparing to become an unrestricted free agent if released, according to a person person with knowledge of the negotiations.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because talks are ongoing.

Boldin, 32, is entering the final year of a four-year contract and is due a $6 million base salary in 2013. He won't budge to take a pay cut, as the Ravens try to maneuver under the $123 million salary cap before the start of the new league year on Tuesday. Boldin's cap number for 2013 is $7.531 million, and the Ravens are trying to clear room to retain projected free agent linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.

"Once he's decided, you might as well try to move the Rock of Gibraltar," the person told USA TODAY Sports of Boldin.

Boldin, still in Africa as part of a humanitarian mission, could not be reached for comment by USA TODAY Sports.

After the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII victory against the San Francisco 49ers, Boldin told NBC Sports Radio that he would retire if released by the Ravens.

"I think he was trying to express loyalty to them," the person said of Boldin. "I know that he's hoping to stay with them, but he's willing to go someplace else."

The person said that the Ravens' proposal to the 10-year pro did not include an exten-sion.

Bucs re-sign Blount

After the outstanding rookie season from Doug Martin, it seemed LeGarrette Blount's days with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have been numbered.

That's not the case, though, as the Bucs quietly re-signed the third-year running back to a one-year contract earlier this week to keep him in the rotation along with Martin.

Per NFL Players Association records, Blount received a base salary of $1.25 million as well as $500,000 in other compensation this offseason via a $350,000 reporting bonus and a $150,000 workout bonus.

Blount was slated to be a restricted free agent on Tuesday. The Bucs were in a tough spot because Blount was undrafted, meaning they either had to give him an offer of more than $2 million to scare off potential suitors or risk losing him without any compensation.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 10, 2013 B11

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