On the eve of NFL free agency, trades involving top receivers Anquan Boldin and Percy Harvin grabbed the headlines.
In an odd twist Monday, Boldin went from the Ravens to the 49ers, the team he helped Baltimore beat, 34-31, in last month’s Super Bowl.
Harvin, who expressed his discontent in Minnesota, was sent to Seattle, where he will join former Vikings teammate Sidney Rice.
San Francisco acquired Boldin, 32, for a sixth-round draft pick. Boldin, a star in Baltimore’s run to the Super Bowl title last season, must pass a physical to complete the deal.
‘‘Anquan was a great receiver for myself and for our football team,’’ said quarterback Joe Flacco, who signed a six-year, $120.6 million deal with the Ravens last week. ‘‘It’s sad to see a guy like that go, but at the same time, you want what’s best for him and you just wish him the best of luck.’’
Boldin had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl victory. He had said he’d consider retirement rather than leave Baltimore. But going to the NFC champions might change his mind.
The 24-year-old Harvin, Minnesota’s moody and multi-talented receiver, will join the Seahawks for a package of draft picks that includes Seattle’s first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall.
Minnesota will also get Seattle’s seventh-round pick this year and a third-rounder 2014.
League MVP Adrian Peterson was not thrilled. ‘‘The best all around player I ever seen or you’ll ever see! Goes to Seattle! I feel like I just got kicked in the stomach. Several times!!!’’ Peterson posted on Twitter.
Giants restrict Cruz
The Giants are allowing Victor Cruz to enter restricted free agency, placing a first-round tender on the former UMass wide receiver. New York has the right to match any offer. If the Giants allow him to leave, they will get a first-round draft choice as compensation. The tender is worth $2.879 million . . . Cornerback DeAngelo Hall was cut by the Redskins. Hall had two years remaining on the six-year, $54 million deal and was due to make $7.5 million in salary in 2013 . . . The Broncos released veteran linebacker D.J. Williams, freeing up his $6 million salary in 2013 for other needs. Williams missed nine games while serving a pair of NFL suspensions last season . . . The Rams released strong safety Quintin Mikell, who was third on the team in tackles with 114, to clear cap space.
Jets ink Garrard
The Jets signed quarterback David Garrard to back up — and provide a challenge to — starter Mark Sanchez. Garrard has not played in the NFL since 2010. He started 76 games in nine seasons with Jacksonville . . . The Cardinals released running back Beanie Wells after four injury-plagued seasons. Wells eclipsed 1,000 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in 2011, but was limited to eight games last season due to turf toe . . . Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Robert Griffin III is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from right knee surgery but said he has “no idea” if the QB will be ready for Week 1.