American Football - Boldin heads to 49ers

News round-up: A flurry of trading activity was highlighted by two major deals involving high-profile wide receivers.

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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown catch against the New England Patriots with fullback Vonta Leach (44) during the NFL AFC Championship game (Reuters)

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.

ESPN reported the Vikings will receive a first-round pick in this year's draft.

The trades do not become official until Tuesday.

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 October 3, caught 65 passes last season.

The Harvin trade is reportedly contingent on Harvin passing a physical and agreeing to a new contract within the next 48 hours.

Harvin, 24, had been rumoured 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 kick-off return for a touchdown for Minnesota in just over a half-season in 2012.

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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.

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Veteran quarterback David Garrard signed a one-year contract with the New York Jets.

The 35-year-old Garrard has not appeared in a game since the 2010 season with Jacksonville but had a strong training camp with the Miami Dolphins before he was injured.

The Jets also re-signed linebacker Josh Mauga.

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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.

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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.

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Cornerback DeAngelo Hall has been 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 started all 16 regular-season games for the third consecutive season in 2012.

The Redskins also signed veteran offensive tackle Tony Pashos.

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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.

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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 March 8, making him a free agent for the first time in his career.

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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 highest-paid returner. He is guaranteed $7.5 million.

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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.

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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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