Anquan Boldin trade resulted from Harbaugh-to-Harbaugh call

Anquan Boldin played for John Harbaugh in 2012, and will play for Jim Harbaugh in 2013. (Credit: AP Photo/ Charlie Riedel)

Anquan Boldin played for John Harbaugh in 2012, and will play for Jim Harbaugh in 2013. (Credit: AP Photo/ Charlie Riedel)

Sometimes when two brothers are NFL coaches it can result in some painful moments, such as having to play each other in the Super Bowl. But the level of rapport between the two Harbaugh brothers, John and Jim, has also paid some good dividends this offseason.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, the San Francisco 49ers’ acquisition of receiver Anquan Boldin occurred quickly following a phone call from Ravens head coach John to 49ers head coach Jim. When the Ravens failed to work out a renegotiated deal with the team’s top wide receiver, John Harbaugh took matters into his own hand and gave his brother a call to see if they could work out a deal.

“I called him up and said, ‘Would you be interested?’ He said, ‘Heck yeah. I’ll go talk to Trent,’” said John Harbaugh, referring to 49ers general manager Trent Baalke.

John Harbaugh made the initial phone call at 3:30 p.m. (ET), and within 30 minutes Baalke and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome worked out the details.

The trade was beneficial to both teams, but the 49ers seem to have gotten the much better end of the deal. Baltimore found a way to get rid of Boldin’s $6 million salary for 2013, and all it cost San Francisco was one of their two sixth-round picks in the upcoming draft. The acquisition of Boldin gives San Francisco a great receiver opposite the emerging Michael Crabtree, and more than effectively replaces departed tight end Delanie Walker, who left in free agency and signed with the Tennessee Titans.

John Harbaugh was very happy for his brother, who picked up one heck of a player for his offense in Boldin.

“I think they feel like they got a great deal,” he said. “I know they got a great player. They got a great leader. They got a guy who’ll be a perfect fit in their in their offense in a lot of ways. They’ll realize that right away.

“He’s just a strong receiver. He’s a guy who’s reliable, dependable. He’s going to be there at every game, every practice. He’s very solid. He’s a playmaker.”

It is a bit surprising that John and the Ravens didn’t try to squeak a little more out of the deal due to the brotherly connection to the 49ers. Maybe losing the Super Bowl was enough punishment for Jim.

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