Four days after he was traded from Arizona to Baltimore, wide receiver Anquan Boldin said he was disappointed that the Cardinals didn’t deal forthrightly with him over the last couple of seasons.
“As far as relationships with the organization, things began to sour,” Boldin said Tuesday morning on ESPN Radio. “From my end there were some promises that were made, and some sacrifices on my part, and they just didn’t live up to their end of the bargain.
“For me, I’m a straight-up guy. I think if you come up and talk to me and tell me exactlly where things are going and what you’re thinking, even if I don’t agree I can definitely respect it. But to be led the wrong way and told something differently is totally unacceptable to me.”
Boldin declined to name who, specifically, had misled him, other than to say, “It was with the decision-makers, I would say, for the Cardinals.”
Boldin said he still thinks the Cardinals have the makings of a good team, but he questioned whether the front office is adequately prepared for losing team leaders like Kurt Warner, Antrel Rolle, Karlos Dansby and Bertrand Berry.
Ultimately, Boldin says, even though he’s glad to be heading to Baltimore, he looks back with a lot of affection for many of the people he played with in Arizona.
“Leaving Arizona was bittersweet,” Boldin said. “That’s the only place that I’ve known professionally. I played there for seven years, built a lot of great relationships on and off the field, I was very involved in the community. So it was very bittersweet.”