Unfortunately for the Cardinals, Boldin and Dockett are both represented by agent Drew Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus' clients are notorious for holding out until all of their contract demands are met. With Boldin and Dockett poised to be major contributors in Arizona this year, addressing these current issues will be critical. Both players were present for the team's mandatory minicamp but have been absent from nearly all other activities this offseason.
Further complicating matters is the new contract of WR Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals went against franchise history and rewarded Fitzgerald with a four-year $40 million contract. Boldin's and Dockett's recent demands are undoubtedly fueled by the generous contract given to Fitzgerald.
DT Darnell Dockett
Dockett is in only the second year of a five-year contract extension he signed during the 2006 season. While Chicago Bears Pro Bowl DT Tommie Harris recently signed a four-year $40 million contract, Dockett is unlikely to receive a similar deal at this time. Although Dockett's performance is comparable to Harris', the Cardinals would prefer to keep Dockett in his current contract. Harris is also represented by Rosenhaus making the situation with Dockett very unpredictable at this point in time.
Addressing the current situations with Boldin and Dockett will be a major key to the team's success in 2008. The Cardinals can't afford either player to enter the season disgruntled causing further distractions within the organization. Whether it's restructuring their current contracts or setting up future negotiations, the Cardinals front office must satisfy two of their most valuable players.