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Anquan Boldin hopes for rapport with Colin Kaepernick

  • By Associated Press
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Once the shock of being traded from the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens wore off, Anquan Boldin called Colin Kaepernick to get a feel for the 49ers' young quarterback. The two have spoken several times since then, and Kaepernick can probably expect a few more calls between now and offseason workouts.

Boldin doesn't want anything preventing him from settling in quickly, and getting on the same page with his quarterback was the perfect starting point.

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"That's very important for a quarterback and receiver ... it doesn't just happen overnight," Boldin said Wednesday. "Whenever you see a quarterback and receiver on the same page that means they've spent time together.

"I'm excited to get to work with him. A special kid, smart guy, very athletic. For me, hopefully I can help him grow as a quarterback."

That's one of the primary reasons San Francisco made the move to acquire the 32-year-old Boldin, to give Kaepernick another veteran receiver to throw to. Randy Moss, who spent the 2012 season with the 49ers, is a free agent and isn't likely to re-sign with the team, while Mario Manningham is recovering from reconstructive left knee surgery.

Boldin had 65 catches for 921 yards and four touchdowns for Baltimore last season, then helped the Ravens knock off the 49ers in the Super Bowl when he caught six passes for 104 yards and a score.

Boldin, who was in Africa doing charity work with other NFL players when the trade was made, met with Bay Area reporters for the first time since the deal was announced on the opening day of free agency.

The Ravens, needing to free up money after signing quarterback Joe Flacco to a six-year, $120.6 million contract, expressed an interest in keeping Boldin but wanted him to take a pay cut. When he didn't, Baltimore moved quickly and shipped him to San Francisco in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick. The deal rankled many Ravens players and fans, and even had Boldin himself scratching his head.

"I really didn't expect to be traded, especially from the conversations that I had with the Ravens before I left to Africa," Boldin said. "I just thought at some point we would try to work things out, one way or another. I don't think they led me on. The only regret I have is not being able to say goodbye the way that I would like to."

The receiver still doesn't have a contract extension. He's due to earn $6 million in base salary during the upcoming season, then could become a free agent in 2014 if nothing gets done with the 49ers.

Boldin has yet to meet with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, the younger brother of his former coach in Baltimore. But everything else that has happened since the deal was announced tells Boldin this is a good fit.

"I'm coming to an organization that's known for winning ... that's right on the cusp," he said. "The one thing I can say is this team lacks nothing. It's a team that's right there, a team that's going to be competitive for years to come. Hopefully I can come here and bring something to the table."

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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