Boldin Now An Option?

According to multiple news outlets, Anquan Boldin is on the market. This from the Daily News:

 

All of a sudden, Braylon Edwards isn’t the only trade option for the Giants.

According to The Arizona Republic, team officials with the Arizona Cardinals have acknowledged they’re listening to offers for receiver Anquan Boldin. In fact, coach Ken Whisenhunt told the paper “a few” teams have already called.

The Cardinals did not say whether the Giants were one of those teams, but given their interest in a receiver and their need to replace Plaxico Burress in their lineup, it’s a good bet they were.

However, the Cardinals did make it clear that they’re not trying to trade the 28-year-old Boldin. Whisenhunt said signing him to a new contract “continues to be the preferred result.” But, he added, since they have yet to reach an agreement on a new deal “it would be foolish from our standpoint not to listen to those (trade) opportunities and see what actually exists.”

The Cardinals did not say what it would take for a team to acquire Boldin. However, back in February, Boldin’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said the price would likely start at what the Dallas Cowboys sent to Detroit last year for receiver Roy Williams – a first, third and sixth-round pick.

Any team that gets Boldin will likely also have to sign him to a new contract even though he still has two years and about $5.75 million left on his current deal. He is believed to be seeking a contract similar to the one the Cardinals gave receiver Larry Fitzgerald, which is worth about $10 million per year.

It’s not clear if the Cardinals’ position is due to the three-time Pro Bowlers oft-stated demand to be traded. He’s been looking to be dealt since last year when he felt the Cardinals broke a promise to re-do his contract.

The 6-1, 217-pound Boldin had 89 catches for 1,038 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. In his six-year career, he’s topped 80 catches four times and 100 catches twice. He’s also been over 1,000 receiving yards in four of his six years.

However, injuries have constantly nagged at him, and he’s only made it through a complete, 16-game season twice. He played in only 12 games in each of the last two years.

Personally, I like Boldin better than Braylon Edwards. Don’t know who the Giants like better, but Edwards does fit the offense better. We’ll have to wait and see. 


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