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Boldin, Harvin big-name receivers traded

Anquan Boldin celebrates his 13-yard TD for the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII against the 49ers, who he now joins.

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Anquan Boldin celebrates his 13-yard TD for the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII against the 49ers, who he now joins.

Two of the big names among NFL receivers, both products of Florida colleges, were traded on Monday, the day before the NFL's free agent signing period begins.

Anquan Boldin, a former Florida State star who is tied for 27th all-time with 773 receptions, was traded from the Super Bowl champion Ravens to the 49ers, who Boldin helped beat for the title last month.

And former Florida star Percy Harvin is on his way to Seattle after Minnesota agreed to deal the unhappy receiver.

Boldin spent the past three seasons with Baltimore after playing his first seven years with the Cardinals. San Francisco acquired him for a sixth-round draft pick. Boldin must pass a physical.

The deal prompted a disappointed response from Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

"Anquan was a great receiver for myself and for our football team," said Flacco, the Super Bowl XLVII MVP who signed a six-year, $120.6 million deal 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."

Flacco's response was measured compared to that of Harvin's now former teammate, star Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Harvin, a multi-talented receiver and kick returner who has battled a history of migraines, was dealt for a package of draft picks that includes Seattle's first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall. The deal will be official today.

"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!!!" league MVP Peterson posted on Twitter.

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams, in an interview on SiriusXM satellite radio, expressed concern, too.

"I mean, I can't say I'm just happy about it. Who knows how much longer I have in Minnesota?" Williams said, adding: "I can't tell you one receiver that's on the team right now."

Threats end Vick tour: Michael Vick's book tour was canceled because of threats against him for running a dogfighting ring. The Eagles quarterback was to promote his autobiography Finally Free, at Barnes & Noble stores in Atlanta, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Broncos: Backup safety and special teams ace David Bruton re-signed to a three-year deal, and linebacker D.J. Williams, a former star at Miami, was cut.

Cardinals: Running back Beanie Wells, a first-round pick in 2009, was released after four injury-plagued seasons.

Giants: They placed a first-round tender on receiver Victor Cruz, letting him enter restricted free agency.

Jets: Former Jaguars quarterback David Garrard signed as a free agent. New offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Mark Sanchez is No. 1 on the depth chart for now.

Redskins: Cornerback DeAngelo Hall was released as a result of the team's NFL-imposed salary cap penalty and tackle Tony Pashos signed a one-year deal.

Titans: Five-time All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson intends to retire today, Fox's Jay Glazer reported.

Boldin, Harvin big-name receivers traded 03/11/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 12:09am]
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