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    Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

    Boldin is expected to enhance an inconsistent passing game that last year ranked 18th.

    "This is something we've been hoping for," coach John Harbaugh said. "He fits us just perfectly. We're excited about what's in store."

    The union of Baltimore and Boldin might have happened years earlier, but Newsome decided against drafting him out of Florida State because Boldin had an injury-riddled college career. Boldin also ran the 40-yard dash in an unimpressive 4.71 seconds at the scouting combine.

    Arizona grabbed Boldin in the second round after Baltimore took defensive end/linebacker Terrell Suggs (10th overall) and quarterback Kyle Boller (19th) in the first round. Suggs became a star for the Ravens, while Boller was an occasional starter.

    Since that draft, Newsome said he rarely passed up the chance to see Boldin in action, either on tape or on TV.

    "I always enjoyed watching him -- the way he approached the game and the way he played the game," Newsome said. "Now I have the opportunity to watch him play for us in Baltimore."

    If Boldin had run a faster time in the 40 in 2003, his career with the Ravens might have gotten under way much sooner.

    "In that situation, I got blinded a little bit and didn't appreciate the football player as much as I should have," Newsome acknowledged. "It took me seven years, but I finally got it right."

    Boldin spoke excitedly about being on a team known for its physical brand of football.

    "It's a place that fits me. The guys they have here are hard-nosed, guys that want to win," he said. "They don't worry about the glory or anything like that. Those guys just want to get the job done, and I think I fit in perfectly with that."

    Boldin spent much of his time in Arizona as a complement to Larry Fitzgerald. He appears poised to be the Ravens' No. 1 threat, but insists he only wants to be part of a winning formula.

    "I just feel like I add a piece to this offense," Boldin said. "I wanted to go somewhere where, one, I had an opportunity to win a championship. I feel like I have that here. Two, a place that plays defense, runs the ball well and has a great young quarterback. I think Baltimore fits that to a T."

    Boldin will be catching passes from Joe Flacco, whose primarily target last year was running back Ray Rice. The Ravens' top priority this offseason was to bolster their wide receiving corps, and they appear to have done just that by adding Boldin and free agent Donte' Stallworth.

    Boldin had 84 catches for 1,024 yards and four touchdowns last season with Arizona. He is also known as a solid blocker, which should also enhance Baltimore's running game.

    Boldin will be moving from the NFL West to the AFC North, but he won't need a motivation speech to gear up for Baltimore's rivalry with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    "I'm seeking a little revenge on Pittsburgh anyway," he said. "They beat us in the [2009] Super Bowl. So I'm definitely looking forward to that matchup."


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