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Boldin calls dealing with Cardinals "totally unacceptable"

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.”

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  1. rjgreen3 says: Mar 9, 2010 10:01 AM

    isn’t this everything he’s suppose to say?

  2. Ravens Macg says: Mar 9, 2010 10:05 AM

    Glad to have you here in Baltimore, Anquan!!!!

  3. Tetrahydrocannibinol says: Mar 9, 2010 10:08 AM

    He got out of Arizona just in time. With Warner gone and their already horrible defense losing key players they’d be lucky to win 6 games next year.

  4. Unsterblich856 says: Mar 9, 2010 10:13 AM

    Every front office is full of liars. Just read PFT for the past week. Tannenbaum said Rhodes isn’t going anywhere, not even 24 hours later he is traded. Panthers said they won’t release Delhomme, they did. So on and so forth.

  5. jlbay says: Mar 9, 2010 10:14 AM

    Boldin finally got a contract that is in line with his talent level. IMO this guy is all class, even in his departing bittersweet comments about the Arizona organization he didn’t get specific with naming any within the organization, he complemented his fellow teammates and when discussion the loss of leadership on the team he humbly omitted himself from the list (which by all accounts his presence in the locker room was significant).
    I for one believe Boldin when he says the organization made promises to him that they never lived up to. Eventhough he had is differences with the front office over his contract dispute Boldin never let it effect his on field performance, he even came back only a couple of weeks after the horrific hit he sustained againt the Jets two seasons ago (inwhich his face was basically broken). The man is a warrier, a damn good football player, a leader off the field and the Ravens got some terrific value in this trade.

  6. Emoney says: Mar 9, 2010 10:15 AM

    “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.”
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    Going from Arizona to a city like Baltimore. HUGE difference! Better start packing Anquan.

  7. Steeler4life says: Mar 9, 2010 10:16 AM

    Now your going to play for the Scums of the Earth.

  8. CaptainFantastik says: Mar 9, 2010 10:22 AM

    He got out of Arizona just in time. With Warner gone and their already horrible defense losing key players they’d be lucky to win 6 games next year.
    ————————————————-
    If Leinart is at least decent they will still run away with that division. They already plugged the hole Rolle left (who was over-rated and way over paid by NY). I doubt they’re finished with FA.

  9. Youngone says: Mar 9, 2010 10:24 AM

    Cardinals organization is classless. Warner was the person to elevate them from 3rd place and back to 3rd place they will go.

  10. Big Stretch says: Mar 9, 2010 10:29 AM

    This year with Flacco and that running game Boldin will get to show everyone who really was the better complete WR in Arizona.

  11. HarrisonHits says: Mar 9, 2010 10:33 AM

    I am so tired of players whining about how badly they’ve been treated when they were paid millions of dollars. GFY Boldin, a real big GFY. What an a-hole.

  12. DallasRavens says: Mar 9, 2010 10:34 AM

    Steeler4life says:
    March 9, 2010 10:16 AM
    Now your going to play for the Scums of the Earth.
    ————————————–
    I didn’t realize Boldin was traded to the Steelers.

  13. Laxer37 says: Mar 9, 2010 10:34 AM

    Welcome to the business world Anquan. You just learned what every other working American already knew.

  14. AZ Red Bird says: Mar 9, 2010 10:38 AM

    Baltimore Fans listen up-
    I have season tickets and consider myself a die hard fan of the Cardinals and the NFL.
    Here’s my scouting report for you…unbiased as I’m not going to complain or knock him just because he’s gone
    Q is an amazing competitor. He lives for the game and will lead those around him. He practices all out and fails to give up.
    He’ll play hard on Sunday’s and will not stop on any play. Loves to destroy CB’s on running plays…watch his blocking skills…they are unmatched by any other WR in the game. His routes are becoming slower and getting in and out of the break is nowhere near where he was 2 years ago. CB’s seem to have an easier time running with him then they did in years past. He’ll use his body to shield him and work to out muscle the CB. He is NOT a deep threat. Everything is under. He likes the short passing game and will take all hits…which will tally up. I can not say how much he has left in the tank…no one can. You are getting one heck of a player and leader…but beware of his speed decreasing…that was my biggest concern last year watching him…and anyone wanting a deep threat … that’s not Q…you got the wrong guy.
    I hope he does great for you
    Q- Come on…you knew the drill. Once Fitzgerald got his deal..you got bitter. You hadn’t complained one bit prior.
    The Cards extended your first deal with 3 years still sitting on it…and you signed.
    I believe Q wanted ‘thank you’ money for years past…they were not out to do that…and I’m glad to get a 3rd and a 4th for Q and a 5th.
    Go Cardinals!!!

  15. favres_right_tendon says: Mar 9, 2010 10:44 AM

    # Youngone says: March 9, 2010 10:24 AM
    Cardinals organization is classless. Warner was the person to elevate them from 3rd place and back to 3rd place they will go.
    —————————————————-
    You are 100% correct. Warner brought respectability to a franchise that was the laughing stock of the league.

  16. Whododrums says: Mar 9, 2010 10:54 AM

    # Steeler4life says:
    Now your going to play for the Scums of the Earth.
    ——————————————————
    Way to stay classy Steeler fans, no matter what the state of the game is you can always count on a Steelers fan to show there ass.

  17. RIP__21 says: Mar 9, 2010 11:03 AM

    CaptainFantastik says:
    If Leinart is at least decent they will still run away with that division. They already plugged the hole Rolle left (who was over-rated and way over paid by NY). I doubt they’re finished with FA.
    __________________________________
    Runaway? Maybe if it was a 3 team division(cards, hawks, rams.) But it aint…
    Niners will most likely win this division next year. Warner will retire, and the cards defense was shitty before they started losing starters to FA.
    Leinhart is absolute garbage, he will flame out this year enroute to a 5-11 season and cards will start the rebuild for 2011.

  18. Cameltoecleavage says: Mar 9, 2010 11:04 AM

    Hey az red bird living in Baltimore Listening to sports talk in this city and knowing the ravens Organization I can just let u know that the ravens know he’s not a deep threat and all the other qualitys u listed is why they traded for him just throw that out there

  19. DonTerrelli says: Mar 9, 2010 11:06 AM

    Welcome to the NFL, Anquan. Now grow up and stop crying.

  20. MyronB says: Mar 9, 2010 11:13 AM

    Damn, the Cardinals should have won a Super Bowl while some of that Kurt Warner magic was still there.
    Next year, welcome back to the basement of the NFC! The other tomato cans missed you guys!

  21. funi says: Mar 9, 2010 11:35 AM

    Getting rid of Boldin was great! He is injury prone, Cards won without him and was a terrible team player. Istead of playogn Rams Seahawks and whiners twice, he gets Steelers, Bengals twice! Also he now has to play in outdoors in cold weather! I say Boldin misses at least 4 games this year and 2 games he has less than 20 yards receiving. As for toilet Rolle, he will be out of New York in 3 years, once everyone sees how he quits on plays.

  22. nobodybeatsdawiz says: Mar 9, 2010 11:38 AM

    az red bird…as a fellow cards season tix holder, you are spot on…as for the cards demise that is forthcoming next season as stated here…keep thinking that

  23. Rome619 says: Mar 9, 2010 11:51 AM

    Grow up Boldin, you are just an employee. Don’t think for a second the Cardinals or any other team owes you more than they legally do.
    They told you they were not going to extend you, they told you they were not going to rip up a contract that had 2 years lefton it and give you a new deal. They told you all of this, yet you sit here crying. You are a great player when you are motivated and on the field but when you pout and act like a spoiled 7 year old the fans are NOT going to back you up.

  24. Sixburgh4Life says: Mar 9, 2010 11:55 AM

    Anquan, now we’ll see how tough you really are when you have to face the dreaded black n gold twice a year…lmao

  25. 27Rice says: Mar 9, 2010 11:59 AM

    Welcome to BOLDINMore!

  26. DivineWolfwood says: Mar 9, 2010 12:16 PM

    Rome619, as a Cardinals fan, that’s not quite true.
    The Cardinals offered to renegotiate Boldin’s contract before they redid Fitz’s contract. Rosenhaus told Boldin to decline, hoping that once Fitz’s contract was done, they could try to get money in the range of Fitz. Unfortunately, once Fitz got his extension, they had no more money, and Boldin got really upset they couldn’t extend him. That was the point where they said they wouldn’t renegotiate with him, especially once they decided they liked Doucet and thought he would develop nicely to replace Boldin.

  27. Packers in Germany says: Mar 9, 2010 12:19 PM

    Methinks 7TDs and 800 yards, but the big impact will be Boldin often coming thru on the oft-drive killing down and distance for the Ravens.

  28. RavensFan87 says: Mar 9, 2010 12:20 PM

    # Steeler4life says:
    Now your going to play for the Scums of the Earth.
    That is hilarious isnt that the ultimate example of the pot calling the kettle black. You guys are the scumbag fans of the National Football League. Worry about Mr. Ben Rapistburger and your fellow white trash trailer park rusty city piece of Sh*t fans.
    Sincerely,
    The #1 Ravens Fan.

  29. BaltimoreSports says: Mar 9, 2010 12:28 PM

    # Steeler4life says: March 9, 2010 10:16 AM
    Now your going to play for the Scums of the Earth.
    ————————————————–
    You have one player who gets drunk and rapes women and another player who gets drunk and rapes paper towel dispensers.

  30. MSWRavens says: Mar 9, 2010 12:41 PM

    Steeler4Life – watching news this morning about these true pieces of crap who disgustingly and inexcusably harass the families of our patriots & heroes killed in war by protesting against homosexuality at the funerals for the deceased servicemen…and wouldn’t you know that the piece of sh*t protester was wearing a Steelers hat! Why was I not surprised??? Was probably you…
    AZ Red Bird – thanks for the scouting report. All the things you said is exactly why I was THRILLED to get Boldin on our squad. We know he’s not a deep threat, but gets good YAC. I think they signed Stallworth to stretch the field, which Mark Clayton can do as well…it’s just that those guys need to get separation & CATCH THE BALL when they fly downfield…THAT”S the big issue with them. Good luck to your Birds this season!

  31. 27Rice says: Mar 9, 2010 12:59 PM

    # Sixburgh4Life says: March 9, 2010 11:55 AM
    Anquan, now we’ll see how tough you really are when you have to face the dreaded black n gold twice a year…lmao
    —————————
    Dreaded? Pppppppppppfffffffffggggggghhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Just curious – where did the Squeelers end up last year. Oh, that’s right….on the couch!
    Dude, if Mason and Clayton can handle you guys, I’m sure Boldin will be just fine.
    Hmmmmmmmm…..maybe now Boldin can cheap shot a few of your dbs like Ward does? Food for though, huh?

  32. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 9, 2010 1:06 PM

    My sources tell me that the Ravens will trade Boldin to the 0-3gles.

  33. Pop T says: Mar 9, 2010 1:07 PM

    Hey #steeler for Life, People who live in glass houses should NOT throw stones. I do not think the steelers will be getting any ethics awards in the near future. We will take class over ass any day. Rapesberger is that really you posting?

  34. Mandingo52 says: Mar 9, 2010 1:08 PM

    Steeler4life says:
    March 9, 2010 10:16 AM
    Now your going to play for the Scums of the Earth.
    ————————-
    Steelers have rapists on their team and Baltimore have murderers…pot, meet kettle!!

  35. jamaltimore says: Mar 9, 2010 1:26 PM

    steeler 4 life.
    One I’m sorry to hear that! Two, your qb just hired Ray Lewis’s lawyer? So does that mean he’s smart or the same type of scumbug you believe Ray is? In the meantime why don’t you wait until the DNA tests come back from your trailer trash QB before you start questioning the moral standards of any other teams.
    With his attitude do you think Anquan won’t be looking to take out some black and gold next time these teams match up. You better tell the long hair shampoo bottle boy to tighten up his Kneebrace!
    The Good News, if things work out you can pick up troy smith for a song once goodall suspends, LIKE HE ALREADY SHOULD HAVE, the Big Fat Dumb Ben.

  36. shaslers says: Mar 9, 2010 1:38 PM

    @ AZ Red Bird. Thanks for the report. I don’t think anyone in Baltimore misunderstands Boldin’s game; no one expected him to be a deep threat. But what’s missing is that tough X receiver who can beat jams and make tough catches in the middle of the field. No one respected the Ravens passing game between the hashes. If you watch Flacco, 90% of his throws were side-outs to Mason.
    The expectation is that defenses will have to play more honest in the middle of the field and not cheat safeties up on Rice or double Mason (assuming he’s back). That should make both these players better.
    Stallworth is envisioned as the Z receiver who can make plays deep. We’ll see if that’s an overreach.
    About Boldin’s contract mess in Arizona. It sounds like the front office really botched Fitzgerald’s contract by including incentives that they never guessed he’d reach. Once that happened they were stuck. Promises made to Boldin could no longer be kept, even when Fitzgerald restructured. Boldin has every right to call-out management on their bad faith.

  37. HamBurghlar says: Mar 9, 2010 2:21 PM

    Wow, you guys bit on the troll bait… this is hilarious to watch..

  38. Steeler4life says: Mar 9, 2010 3:04 PM

    @ ALL Baltimoron (knockoff Browns) fans,
    Give me a break. The Steelers are a class organization. Big Ben has not been convicted of anything yet. Therefore, he is innocent. Unlike Lewis and Dante Stallworth. I will let you slide with Lewis because he has always been part of the team; however, your team recruited a murderer. You will do anything to beat us. Ben will be dealt with should anything be proven. We would never bring in scum.

  39. Steeler4life says: Mar 9, 2010 3:27 PM

    @27 Rice
    What are you talking about? You are an idiot. We almost beat you with our 3rd String QB. Then, we beat you at the end of the year. The knockoff Browns with your lavender and black had nothing to do with the Steelers missing the playoffs.

  40. VoxVagina says: Mar 9, 2010 3:41 PM

    Vox, don’t you have a job, a family, anything? Or are you really just that pathetic?

  41. jamaltimore says: Mar 9, 2010 3:49 PM

    steeler4life:
    Ask your Superbowl MVP if he has a Blunt that he can spare while drivin your MVP quarterback between molestation charges in nevada and Georgia. Then call mike webster’s family and ask him how’s doing from all the drugs the steelers pumped their dynasty teams with or the other linemen who have killed themselves violently from your CLASSY franchise. After that ask your owners how they could be involved with legalized gambling for YEARS after their bootlegger father handed them the keys shitsburgh. Your team is as dirty as any and even worse they pretend not to be. That’s why they are hated!

  42. Steeler4life says: Mar 9, 2010 4:16 PM

    @jamaltimoron
    Blunt smokin = everyone in the league
    Molestation Charges = Not charged in Georgia will be found innocent in Nevada
    PEDs = All teams used them back then, don’t kid yourself even the “real” Browns
    The Rooneys are a fine family as are the Modells.
    Baltimore smells like rotten crabs

  43. RavensFan87 says: Mar 10, 2010 8:22 AM

    @ STEELER 4 LIFE
    You guys have the most trashy trailer park hick F*cking fans in the national football league. You believe you have class that is just to funny. You say the ravens bring in a murder, but your wrong he was charged for manslaughter. And the part that no one ever wants to mention is this case didn’t ever even go to trial because the States Attorney was afraid he would be found not guilty because of the countless number of witnesses and video footage that showed the guy he hit was at fault also. Therefore getting the plea agreement of one month. And while everyone might have been doing that Shi* in the “70′s” Your people are the ones that got the ball rolling with it and were the firsts to do it. Baltimore smells like rotten crabs? Your so lame, I don’t think you incest little pricks have one good looking woman in the entire city of Shitsburgh. And Ben Roethlisberger is an absolute moron since he got in this league who the hell rides a bike w/o a helmet when your a franchise QB, now he may be found not guilty in Nevada for lack of evidence but this moron puts himself in such a vulnerable position stay out VIPS Womens Bathrooms at College bars Ben Rapistberger! You guy are complete Scum.

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