Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean reports that the Titans are in the running for Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin. With 10 picks in this year's draft, the team certainly has the goods to make a move. When asked about it Thursday, Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt didn't deny the possibilty of such a move. “There’s always that potential,’’ Reinfeldt said. “I wouldn’t rule it out. … It would have to be a situation of equity and you’d consider it then.’’ With Arizona still looking for a 1st and 3rd round pick for Boldin, that "equity" may not be there. But if the price tag drops, the Titans will be in the mix.
According to ESPN, the Cardinals will trade Anquan Boldin for a 2nd round pick, as long as other considerations are included. This greatly increases the odds that Boldin will be the #1 WR for a new team in the next 24 hours.
According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bears attempted to upgrade at WR by trading their 2nd round pick to Arizona for Anquan Boldin. The Cardinals politely declined, and the Bears settled for Oklahoma WR Juanquin Iglesias in the 3rd round. Now that the 2009 draft is in the books, any deal involving Boldin would revolve around 2010 draft picks.
Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin still wants a new contract but the team has not approached him about it. He has 2 years left on his current deal and no leverage. Kurt Warner has offered to give back $2 millions dollars to help the process. SI's Peter King believes trading Boldin is the only solution and two teams could be interested: "The Eagles and Giants, two receiver-needy teams, are in position to deal for Anquan Boldin, who I continue to say will not be a Cardinal by July. Philly has [picks] 21, 28 and 53, the Giants 29, 45 and 60. I find it hard to believe the Eagles won't trade for Boldin. Very hard. He's a perfect fit, and they've got the cap room to sign him."
ProFootballTalk.com reported on Thursday per a league source that the Cardinals were actively shopping WR Anquan Boldin. However, Cardinals GM Rod Graves denied the report just a few hours later. Newsday's Tom Rock supported this notion when he reported that there has been no contact between the Cardinals and Giants regarding Boldin. Graves has maintained that the team is not interested in dealing Boldin since these rumors started last summer. Whether the Cardinals are looking for a trade partner or not, Graves is smart to continue denying these reports to keep Boldin's value higher.
Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin strained his hamstring on that 71-yard TD vs. Atlanta in the 30-24 wild-card win. Cardinals OC Todd Haley conceded Boldin is probably out at Carolina. "He can run the ball and do so many different things," Haley said. "Now a large chunk of your game plan is gone." Boldin's become one of the most injury-prone wide receivers in the game. He's missed about 18½ games in the last 5 seasons, counting games in which he left early. This year it was the facial fractures that required 8 metal plates, a separated shoulder, and this hamstring. Last year it was a strained hip and dislocated toe. He tore his right knee meniscus in 2004 & 2005. Boldin still managed 89 catches for 1,038 yards & 11 TDs this season. He's become a scoring machine when he's on the field, with 20 TDs in his last 24 games. He's a devastating blocker too. Boldin's contract will be the big story in Arizona this offseason. He signed an extension through 2010 and makes $4m per year, but he's only the 9th-highest paid WR. Lee Evans is the 3rd-highest paid WR. Stay tuned.
Anquan Boldin (hamstring) is inactive for the divisional playoff game at Carolina. They showed him warming up this afternoon and he was hopping and bouncing on both legs. You'd think that Boldin, who doesn't really need his wheels like a "speed receiver" does, would find a way to play in this one. This might be the end of Boldin's stay in Arizona. He's not going to accept a $2.75 million salary in 2009 so something has to give.
Cardinals reporter Darren Urban reports on WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring): "I'm not sure if he was limited or practiced fully, but he did quite a bit when I was watching [Wednesday]." Urban's pretty accurate, and if he thinks Boldin can go, he's probably right. Boldin was listed as "limited" at NFLMedia. For what it's worth, Kurt Warner has been on FOX Radio's "The Drive" every Wednesday afternoon - and this time he sounded more optimistic about Boldin than he did last week.
Anquan Boldin (hamstring) is listed questionable but he participated in some team drills Friday. "I'm feeling good," Boldin said. "For me, it isn't a problem either way right now. It's not grabbing, so I don't have any problem with it. I'm able to run short and deep routes." Count on Boldin to try and go vs. Philadelphia in the NFC Championship. If he wants to get a new contract (from Arizona or anyone) now's the time to play hero.
During a Super Bowl media appearance, Anquan Boldin was told by Chicago Tribune reporter David Haugh that Bears fans were "longing" to trade for him. "I think that it just speaks to how you play the game, and real fans appreciate what you do on the field," Boldin said. "That is always flattering. But as far as thinking about next year or the future, it doesn't help me right now. My only goal is to win the Super Bowl." Boldin shrugs off this stuff but you know the future is on his mind. He is not going to play for a $2.75 million salary this year. The latest rumor has Larry Fitzgerald offering to restructure to help Arizona pay Boldin properly. After the big game Boldin's situation will be in the headlines every week.
Anquan Boldin says he doesn't expect to be back in Arizona. "I don't think the relationship can be repaired with the organization," Boldin told USA TODAY in Hawaii at Pro Bowl practice. "It takes more than, 'Well, we did you wrong and we'll pay you this.' It's not about the money. It was always about the principle. Guys being true to their word. I guess I was expected to uphold my end of the bargain, and it wasn't reciprocated." Indeed, Boldin played out his relatively low $2.5 million salary with heart and courage: He withstood a life-threatening hit to the head, only missed 2 games, then returned with 7 titanium plates and 40 screws holding his collapsed face together. However, it's a business. The Cardinals might decide to accept a 1st-round pick for Boldin rather than throw a 5-year extension with $20 million guaranteed at him. If Boldin leaves we aren't concerned with Larry Fitzgerald - his numbers were better when Boldin was hurt - but Kurt Warner's overall stats could see a decline. Or Warner might even retire if Boldin's gone...
Anquan Boldin (shoulder) is inactive. As much as Ken Whisenhunt would like to avoid stumbling into the playoffs at 8-8, playing Boldin is not wise. He'll be raring to go for the home wild-card game next week.
Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt was asked if Anquan Boldin (shoulder) will play in this meaningless game vs. Seattle. The Cardinals are locked into a home wild-card game. "We'd like to get him in there," Whisenhunt said. The Cards have lost 4 of 5 and have been outscored 177-104 in those games. Whisenhunt is torn between the idea of regaining momentum and risking injuries. He said they "need some success in this next game." We're guessing that Warner and Fitzgerald play the 1st half, maybe the whole 3rd quarter too. If Boldin starts we can't envision him playing past halftime.
Anquan Boldin caught 6 passes for 34 yards vs. the Vikings. His production took a nose dive as he was bottled up by the Vikings secondary for most of the game. He was targeted 9 times and his longest reception was for 11 yards. QB Kurt Warner looked his way just twice on plays over 15 yards. The Vikings' aggressive pass rush disrupted the passing game. Boldin has produced just 1 TD in his last 5 games with 1 single 100-yard effort. There are rumors that he's feeling delayed fatigue from the colossal face-breaking hit he took in week 4. We don't buy that. The Cardinals travel east to New England this week and could find themselves chasing points once again.