Boldin to Expensive for Reese?

From Ralph Vacchiano:

Jerry Reese indicated today that the asking price for Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin may be a bit too high for the Giants, but he admitted there are at least a few available receivers who might be worth it.

And though he didn’t use the words “Braylon Edwards” it wasn’t all that difficult to read between the lines.

“For the right player, you do whatever you can to make it happen,” Reese said, in response to a question about the Cardinals looking for at least a first- and a third-round pick in return for Boldin. “I don’t know if that’s the best thing for us to do, to package up a deal that valuable. We like our draft picks. We like developing players. We won’t force anything.”

Asked if that would be forcing it for Boldin, Reese said “It could be.”

Asked if it would be too high a price for anyone, Reese said “Maybe not for anybody available. There’s a couple guys that might be worth that price.”

The Giants, as you know, have already engaged the Cleveland Browns in talks about Edwards. Reese didn’t address Edwards specifically, other than to say there were “a lot of chatter and a lot of false reports” out there. But Browns GM George Kokinis admitted the two discussed Edwards back in February, and several NFL sources said talks between the two were recently renewed.

The Browns reportedly have at least one offer on the table for Edwards that includes a first-round draft pick. While it’s not known whether the Giants have actually offered their first-rounder (29th overall), one source said it’s not out of the question that they will.

“If it’s best for us to trade our No. 1 pick, I’ll do that,” Reese said. “I’m not against that.”

But Reese said several times that “We’re not going to try to force anything,” especially when it comes to the receiver position. He seems extremely comfortable with the receivers the Giants have on their roster – – specifically Steve Smith, Domenik Hixon and Mario Manningham – – and said several times that the Giants can win without a “big” receiver like Plaxico Burress.

“I think people are panicked a little bit about receiver,” he said. “We’re not panicked about it.

“You’d like to have a big Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson … you’d like to have those types of guys,” Reese added. “But Larry Fitzgerald’s team didn’t win the Super Bowl. Almost is not good enough in this league. He was outstanding, but his team didn’t win. There are other ways to do it.”

One other Boldin/Edwards-related note. The Browns, according to a source, would really love to land defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka as part of a deal with the Giants for Edwards. Several Giants sources have said they will not trade Kiwanuka. And Reese certainly appeared to echo that sentiment today.

“Anything can happen in personnel, but I don’t think you work so hard to try to shore up your defensive front and make it deep, and then you give them away as soon as you get them,” Reese said, when asked if he’d consider dealing one of his “top seven” defensive linemen. “I don’t think we’re interested in doing that. But anything can happen in personnel.”


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