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.
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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