After watching Anquan Boldin talk at the Pro Bowl yesterday, it sounded like he wasn't quite as steadfast in his thoughts he didn't want to be in Arizona. Apparently, I was wrong, and Q was just doing it for the cameras. Because XTRA's Mike Jurecki, who said he talked to Boldin over the weekend, said Boldin instructed his agent to tell the Cards he would not sign any new contract (the Cards are expected to still make a new proposal) and that he wants to be traded.
I guess it really shouldn't be a shock. Agent Drew Rosenhaus was spotted outside the team's Tempe facility today so I would guess he relayed a handful of news to the team. Profootballtalk.com already reported the team was told Edgerrin James -- another Rosenhaus client -- was asking to be released ASAP. Oh, and Rosenhaus also represents Darnell Dockett, so I wouldn't be shocked if Darnell's contract status was brought up.
But it is the Boldin situation that will be front and center. Again, he is under contract for two more years, so if he declines to sign any new deal, the Cards could just hang on to him and not trade him. Boldin's only recourse will be to disappear for the entirety of the offseason -- not a great deal with a new offensive coordinator coming in. We'll see how it develops.
Boldin will more than likely relocate to a sunny locale. That rules out Philly and The Chi. The Dolphins are a dark horse in the Boldin sweepstakes, he is from nearby Palm Beach County, and has always wanted to be a Dolphin. Ted Ginn and Boldin could form a formidable receiving combo. Also look for San Fran, Oakland and Tennessee to sniff around.
Didn't Fitzgerald say that he would be willing to restructure his contract, or something like that, in order to keep Boldin around? You know he wants him to stay, because as long as he's there, Fitz never will have to worry about being double covered.