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Anquan Boldin shocked by San Francisco 49ers trade

"You know, for me, it was an initial shock because I had no clue that I was going to be traded," Boldin told ESPN producer Ashly Robinson, who is traveling with Boldin in Africa, along with Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals and Roddy White of the Atlanta Falcons.

"It was shocking at first ... but I mean it, for me it is also a good thing," Boldin said. "When I look at the organization and what they're about ... and as a football team, the talent that they have ... I think it's good, a good place for me to be."

Boldin learned about the trade via congratulatory text messages when he got off the plane in Africa. He took the high road on Twitter, saying goodbye to the Ravens' fan base.

Boldin is a fascinating, proud player. He refused to take a pay cut, and his gamble paid off. The Ravens' trade of him was cold-blooded, but that doesn't make it wrong. It could be a rare deal that truly is a win-win for both sides.

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