Trade for Anquan Boldin is a steal, even for only a year
First and most important response to the Anquan Boldin trade: WOW, what a deal for the 49ers, even if this is built to be a one-year rental.
This is how you work an offseason. You build up a stash of draft picks, create (some) flexibility on the payroll, then jump at a potential game-changing move when the risk is lowest, the cost is almost nil and the chances of success are highest. The 49ers still need help at other positions, but you can cross off playmaking wide receiver.
I'm reminded that when former 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan drafted Michael Crabtree in 2009, McCloughan was most effusive when he said that Crabtree was the closest thing to Boldin in...
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