NFL roundup: Boldin traded to 49ers; Harvin goes to Seattle

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On the eve of the NFL's free agency kickoff, a flurry of activity Monday was highlighted by two major trades involving high-profile wide receivers.
The San Francisco 49ers acquired Anquan Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens for a sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft, and the Minnesota Vikings sent Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks for first- and seventh-round picks in this year's draft and a mid-round choice in 2014.
The trades won't be official until after the league year begins at 4 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday. Both Harvin and Boldin must pass physicals with their new teams.
Boldin goes from a team coached by John Harbaugh to one coached by Harbaugh's brother Jim.
Boldin refused to reduce his salary by $2 million when approached by the Ravens last week. He said he deserved the $6 million base salary he was owed.
Boldin made several critical catches in the Ravens' Super Bowl victory over the 49ers. Boldin, who turns 33 on Oct. 3, caught 65 passes last season.
The Minnesota-Seattle deal is contingent on Harvin coming to terms on a new contract by Wednesday. Harvin is entering the final season of the rookie deal he signed in 2009.
Harvin, 24, had been rumored to be a camp holdout if the Vikings did not offer him a new contract. He is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Harvin caught 62 passes for 677 yards, carried the ball 22 times and had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for Minnesota in nine games in 2012. He landed on injured reserve in early December due to a sprained left ankle.

--Linebacker D.J. Williams and quarterback Caleb Hanie were released by the Denver Broncos. Williams, 32, had a base salary of $6 million and a salary-cap figure of $8.08 million for 2013. Williams has slowed down and had off-the-field issues that might make him less attractive to other NFL teams in free agency.
The Broncos re-signed safety David Bruton, a leading special teams player.

--Veteran quarterback David Garrard signed a one-year contract with the New York Jets.
Garrard, 35, has not appeared in a game since the 2010 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he had a strong training camp with the Miami Dolphins before he was injured.
The Jets also re-signed linebacker Josh Mauga.

--The Arizona Cardinals released running back Beanie Wells and running back Fozzy Whittaker.
Wells fell down the depth chart last year and ended up with 88 carries for 234 yards. He ran for 1,047 yards with 10 touchdowns in 2011.

--The New York Giants will use a first-round tender on restricted free agent receiver Victor Cruz.
Giants CEO John Mara said the Giants would use the right of first refusal mechanism but are focused on keeping Cruz. The first-round tender of $2,879,000 limits the mobility of the 26-year-old in free agency, to an extent.

--Cornerback DeAngelo Hall was released by the Washington Redskins.
Hall, 29, was set to count $8 million toward the Redskins' salary cap and had two years remaining on his six-year, $54 million deal.
Hall, 29, started all 16 regular-season games for the third consecutive season in 2012.
The Redskins also signed veteran offensive tackle Tony Pashos.

--The Philadelphia Eagles signed long snapper Jon Dorenbos and safety Colt Anderson to contracts.
Dorenbos, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent and has played 10 NFL seasons, signed a four-year contract. Anderson, who would have become a restricted free agent, agreed to a one-year pact.

--Former Carolina Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble plans to retire after nine seasons in the NFL.
According to an ESPN report, Gamble informed his agent that he was ready to give up football. He was released by the Panthers on Friday, making him a free agent for the first time in his career.

--The Buffalo Bills announced that cornerback Leodis McKelvin signed a contract extension.
The two sides agreed to the deal on Saturday. Fox Sports reported that it is a four-year, $20 million contract, making him the NFL's highest-paid returner. He is guaranteed $7.5 million.

--Offensive guard Ramon Foster agreed to a three-year deal to stay with the Pittsburgh Steelers, ESPN reported.
Foster, 27, started all 16 games last year -- 13 at right guard and three on the left side -- filling in for injured David DeCastro and Willie Colon.

--The Dallas Cowboys released linebacker Dan Connor and restructured the contracts of cornerback Orlando Scandrick and offensive guard Mackenzy Bernadeau.
Connor started eight games in 2012 when the Cowboys were depleted at inside linebacker. Bernadeau started every game for the Cowboys last season, and Scandrick served as a third cornerback in nickel packages.

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