Monday was a big day in Vikings history but it could’ve been even bigger. We know all about the team reportedly shipping Percy Harvin to Seattle for three draft picks. Everyone’s still buzzing about that and will be for a long time to come. But Rick Spielman nearly swung a second deal on Monday that would’ve garnered almost as much attention. According to PFT, the Vikings tried to pull off a trade for receiver Anquan Boldin. The Vikes offered Baltimore a seventh in exchange for the wide-out but were trumped by San Francisco who coughed up a sixth.
Boldin would’ve been a very intriguing receiver for the Vikings to pick up. He’s not the speediest guy in the world but we know all about his physicality and his ability to make catches with very little separation. He would certainly not have given the Vikings the home run threat they seek but he would’ve given Christian Ponder a big, strong target who knows how to make catches in traffic.
Would Boldin have really helped out the Vikings offense? It’s hard to say. He worked out well in Baltimore partly because Baltimore has a big-armed QB who can test defenses deep, allowing guys like Boldin to work underneath. Ponder doesn’t have anything like Flacco’s arm. And he certainly doesn’t have a deep receiver like Torrey Smith. Maybe the plan would’ve been to couple Boldin with a legit deep receiver like Mike Wallace? That would’ve been interesting. But we’ll never know now, because Boldin is in San Francisco.