New Team Involved in Boldin Sweepstakes

With the NFL Draft set to take place this weekend, teams interested in Anquan Boldin are scrambling to secure the services of the three-time Pro Bowl wideout. The Arizona Cardinals are well aware of the impact Boldin's presence can have and won't take less than their asking price of a first and third-round pick. Brad Wilbricht dissects the latest regarding Boldin and his future in the desert.

The Baltimore Ravens are the latest entry into the Anquan Boldin sweepstakes, but reports show the Ravens are balking at the Arizona Cardinals' asking price of a first and third-round draft pick. The bar was set last season when the Dallas Cowboys gave up similar compensation when they acquired WR Roy Williams from the Detroit Lions.

While Boldin has gone back in forth in regards to his future in Arizona, the Cardinals went on the record stating they will listen to trade offers for the disgruntled wide receiver. The Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins and now the Ravens have all been rumored as potential landing spots for the former Florida State standout.

The draft day trade scenarios are starting to dwindle and took a major hit when the Eagles sent one of their two first-round picks to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for All-Pro offensive tackle Jason Peters. Philadelphia had expressed interest in Boldin but might not have the ammunition left to make a move. Additionally, the Jacksonville Jaguars were another potential taker for Boldin but they recently signed veteran Torry Holt to a three-year deal.


Terrell Owens
(AP Photo)

Now, the Bills are one of only three teams with multiple selections in the first round but they currently have little need for Boldin. Buffalo's offseason pickup of Terrell Owens along with Lee Evans and company leaves them fairly deep at the wide receiver position. The Lions and Denver Broncos are the only other options with two selections in the initial round but they are unlikely to attract Boldin.

Potential trade partners would have the option of sending a first-round pick along with selections in next year's draft as well. However, Arizona will be looking for immediate compensation for Boldin, who's been an integral part of the team's offense since his arrival in the desert.

GM Rod Graves and the Cardinals' front office hold a great deal of leverage in the negotiations and will not give into Boldin's demands. Arizona has continually praised the abilities of Boldin and repeatedly said how important he is to its potent offensive attack. Furthermore, QB Kurt Warner offered to allocate a portion of his salary to keep Boldin around and WR Larry Fitzgerald has made his opinion to keep Boldin in Arizona well known to management.

If the Ravens decide to pursue Boldin, it will be interesting to see what kind of package they can offer the Cardinals. It will certainly include a first-round pick and another player in exchange if an additional draft selection isn't on the table.

Arizona is currently seeking help in the secondary and has been eyeing a pass-rushing specialist for some time. If Baltimore is willing to offer the right combination, Boldin might just find himself catching passes from QB Joe Flacco in 2009.


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