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Boldin says he won't request a trade

After two years of trying to get the Arizona Cardinals to tear up the balance of his existing contract or trade him to a team that will, receiver Anquan Boldin said after Saturday night’s loss to the Saints that he won’t ask for a trade during the offseason.

I’m going to let it play out,” Boldin told Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald

Boldin has a year left on his current contract, and he has wanted a new deal since Larry Fitzgerald leveraged a back-loaded rookie contract into a four-year, $40 million contract in early 2008.

It appears that Boldin finally has realized that, once he signed his name to a multi-year deal, the team acquired all the leverage.

“I can’t do anything one way or the other,” he told Salguero.  “If I go to them
and request a trade, it don’t matter.  I’m under contract for another
year.  So no matter what I say or do, that won’t change anything.  I’m
under contract for another year.  So whatever happens, it depends on
what the Cardinals want to do.  I’m not worried about it at all.”

From the Cardinals’ perspective, it makes sense to move Boldin.  With the development of players like Steve Breaston and Early Doucet, the time arguably has come to get value for Boldin before he walks away via free agency.

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30 Responses to “Boldin says he won't request a trade”
  1. this class sucks says: Jan 16, 2010 9:28 PM

    This might sound crazy but how about Boldin for Brandon Jacobs? Jacobs, Wells, and Hightower as a 3rd down guy could be a pretty good combo.

  2. sdffa11 says: Jan 16, 2010 9:33 PM

    they should have traded him last offseason when his value was highest.

  3. Canyonero says: Jan 16, 2010 9:39 PM

    Upgrading the defense seems like a good idea…..

  4. tenakeytyrant9 says: Jan 16, 2010 9:42 PM

    its not crazy its just dumb

  5. Count Sacula says: Jan 16, 2010 9:50 PM

    After the first few seasons I gave Boldin the benefit of the doubt regarding his injuries – maybe it was just bad luck. This guy is definitely injury prone. If they trade him, the team that gets him has to know that he won’t make it 16 games.

  6. nps6724 says: Jan 16, 2010 9:54 PM

    Yeah because Doucet and Breaston sure helped their offense today, what with all those big plays and all. Besides Hightower’s opening game run and the few plays after Shanle’s “roughing the passer/pat on the head”, their offense didn’t do anything. And part of that were the receivers not getting open at all.
    Of course, part of that is due to the most underrated CB tandem in the NFL, Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter.

  7. Giants010 says: Jan 16, 2010 9:54 PM

    No way the Giants are going to dump Jacobs. They put the franchise tag on him just to make sure they got a long term deal done. Boldin will get the contract money that he wants in the middle of his last year and still be with the Cards.

  8. steelerer says: Jan 16, 2010 10:02 PM

    this class sucks says:
    January 16, 2010 9:28 PM
    This might sound crazy but how about Boldin for Brandon Jacobs? Jacobs, Wells, and Hightower as a 3rd down guy could be a pretty good combo.
    —————
    Why? Arizona has wells and hightower. hightower has alot more to offer than just a 3rd down back. NY has good group of WR, Hicks already fills the role boldin will come in a play.

  9. carp killah says: Jan 16, 2010 10:02 PM

    To Cleveland for one of the QBs. Leinart doesn’t have “it.” He also doesn’t seem like he has the desire to ratchet up his play.

  10. Cardsfan81 says: Jan 16, 2010 10:07 PM

    Anquan Boldin is playing it smart and listening to his current agent Tom Condon. Don’t negotiate thru the media. Let the agent do what he’s paid to do. If Cardinals managment is smart (there not) they move Boldin to a Wr needy team such as the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Balitimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
    Trade the man so that he can move on to the next chapter in his career.

  11. sonicjizzmopper says: Jan 16, 2010 10:10 PM

    If I was the GM I would trade Boldin for a defensive contributor and a 1st or 2nd round pick.

  12. Doc Fluty says: Jan 16, 2010 10:12 PM

    HE COULD GET PAID BY GOING TO KC!!!!
    they have tons of cap and an extra 2nd round pick… go get him

  13. nps6724 says: Jan 16, 2010 10:26 PM

    Yeah because Doucet and Breaston sure helped their offense today, what with all those big plays and all. Besides Hightower’s opening game run and the few plays after Shanle’s “roughing the passer/pat on the head”, their offense didn’t do anything. And part of that were the receivers not getting open at all.
    Of course, part of that is due to the most underrated CB tandem in the NFL, Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter.

  14. scrapdawg12 says: Jan 16, 2010 10:41 PM

    Boldin is always hurt. Eagles will give Mcnabb in a trade. Fair both ways. Eagles will have the best receiving core in the league. Can’t say Kolb won’t have weapons then. In FA and draft go all defense.

  15. Bigbluefan says: Jan 16, 2010 11:42 PM

    Boldin to the Giants why the G-Men have a great core of young WR they do not need a Diva
    The last thing Boldin needs is NYC he will wind up like plex
    They should send him to one of those dead citys GB Minn Jacksonville
    No big city lights for that Diva
    it was great to see the older manning do his thing today
    Go Colts
    Beat Rivers next week so that little bitch and ferrymen can cry all the way home

  16. Peoples Champ says: Jan 17, 2010 12:45 AM

    Yea, it’s been time to trade Anquan. It shoulda happened last year when he had alot more leverage and value. He knows just as well as anybody else that he doesn’t wanna be in Arizona any longer. With that said, I can see him going to the ravens, dolphins, or panthers…

  17. just_a_cigar says: Jan 17, 2010 1:51 AM

    Andre Rison?

  18. DocBG says: Jan 17, 2010 2:05 AM

    # carp killah says: January 16, 2010 10:02 PM
    To Cleveland for one of the QBs. Leinart doesn’t have “it.” He also doesn’t seem like he has the desire to ratchet up his play.
    —————————————————–
    Have you ever seen american football, or are you just looking through a bunch of random crap online about different positions, and noticing a trend that cleveland has 2 QBs that are fighting for the starting spot?
    Whatever “it” is that leinart doesnt have, quinn and anderson haven’t even heard of. my guess is that cleveland would gladly trade brady, anderson, rogers, and any 3 players of arizona’s choosing for leinhart by himself, let alone with boldin.
    btw, I’m not a cards fan or a browns hater, but why in the hell would any team want to bring either of the absolute trainwrecks calling themselves QB’s from cleveland to their team (in addition to the staph)?

  19. Adam says: Jan 17, 2010 4:10 AM

    if the Jets could somehow trade Edwards for Boldin in a package…ooh sweet!

  20. Billy The Kid says: Jan 17, 2010 7:31 AM

    # scrapdawg12 says: January 16, 2010 10:41 PM
    Boldin is always hurt. Eagles will give Mcnabb in a trade. Fair both ways. Eagles will have the best receiving core in the league. Can’t say Kolb won’t have weapons then. In FA and draft go all defense.
    ———————————–
    Now why would either team do that?
    The Eagles have two young up and comers at WR (Maclin and Jackson) and now they’re going to bring in Boldin and pay him some obscene amount of money? Umm….no.
    Oh, yeah, and the Cardinals have some guy named Warner that plays QB for them…and even if he happens to retire, they’ll see what they have with Leinert before they trade for McNabb.
    Other than that, brilliant idea!!!

  21. BlackandGold says: Jan 17, 2010 7:40 AM

    I believe the Cardinals should try to re-negotiate a long term deal with Boldin. The guy is a stud when he is healthy. He does get injured more than other receivers due to the fact he so many hits over the middle. This would leave the entire draft for defensive replacements and depth. I would also recommend a new defensive coordinator. I have to believe that is the biggest problem, they have many talented players on that defense between Dockett, Wilson, Rolle, Dansby, Berry, and Rodgers-Cromartie.

  22. Redskins904 says: Jan 17, 2010 8:14 AM

    Quan for Jacobs??? That just proves Giants fans are idiots. Why on earth would Arizona even want Jacobs? If Bradshaw gets healthy, he takes Jacobs starting job anyways. I love when Giants fans think their team is good. LOL

  23. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 17, 2010 9:40 AM

    “This might sound crazy but how about Boldin for Brandon Jacobs?”
    Sounds like a great idea! Maybe you can trade your ’81 Yugo straight up for a new Corvette too!

  24. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 17, 2010 9:42 AM

    “Quan for Jacobs??? That just proves Giants fans are idiots. Why on earth would Arizona even want Jacobs?”
    You can never have enough 265 pound constantly injured big mouth running backs.

  25. SterilizeTHenry says: Jan 17, 2010 9:59 AM

    Baltimore should try to negotiate a trade for him. After what we saw yesterday it is clear Flacco needs some more weapons. Their RB Ray Rice was their leading reciever this year!! That says it all. And their only reasonable WR (Mason) was on the brink of retirement last year. Who knows if he will be back next year…

  26. KingJoe! says: Jan 17, 2010 10:04 AM

    I am thinking a Boldin for McNabb scenario if Warner retires. Add a possesion reciever to the mix of young speedster and the Eagles core wr would rival any. Cards would not miss a beat replacing Warner with McNabb. They may also now may be able to get 3rd for Leinart.

  27. SterilizeTHenry says: Jan 17, 2010 10:26 AM

    I think the Eagles are content with the group of WRs (Jackson, Macklin, Avant) they have now. I think it is more likely the Eagles take an early 2nd round pick for McNabb from a team that needs a QB (Rams, Browns, Bills, Raiders, etc.).

  28. Peoples Champ says: Jan 17, 2010 11:06 AM

    @ Vox
    Amen, brother!
    @ Redskins904
    Couldn’t agree with you more….Giants are a joke.

  29. VoxVagina says: Jan 17, 2010 12:17 PM

    The Eagles are not trading McNabb. Period. They’re good at WR. Jackson is the deep threat, Maclin is his compliment, and Avant is a possession receiver. They don’t need to overpay Boldin so he can watch half of the games from the sidelines. Plus the Eagles would be retarded to trade arguably their best QB in franchise history and turn it over to that interception machine Kevin Kolb. He hasn’t proven anything in this league. Boldin might be traded to Baltimore since Mason is probably retiring

  30. Redskins904 says: Jan 17, 2010 5:26 PM

    People’s Champ:
    Ravens and Fins…that sounds as good as any team. They seem to be 2 teams that could get over the hump with a stud WR. I don’t see any first round WR being as productive as Boldin, even if it’s only for another 5 years or so.

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