Cardinals G.M. Rod Graves has made it clear that his team is willing to trade wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
But what would it take to get Boldin out of Arizona?
Michael Lombardi reported on NFL Network that the Cardinals “only want a third-round pick” for Boldin. That’s not too high a price for a starting wide receiver.
But, Lombardi said, the big sticking point is whether a team acquiring Boldin will be willing and able to fork over the money necessary to make Boldin happy. In other words, Boldin won’t just cost a third-round pick. He’ll cost a third-round pick plus a big new contract.
Boldin said after the season ended that he wouldn’t request a trade. But the Cardinals may have come to the realization that their offense is just fine without him, and that they ought to get whatever they can for him. If what they can get is a third-round pick, the Cardinals would apparently be fine with that.