Boldin Set to Drop Rosenhaus, Pickup CAA

Pro Bowl receiver Anquan Boldin filed papers to fire super-agent Drew Rosenhaus on Friday after a long contract dispute with the Arizona Cardinals. Rosenhaus has been very public about Boldin's situation, which has turned fans off. A source told that he is expected to sign with Creative Arts Agency.

WR Anquan Boldin informed the NFL Players Association in a letter of his intent to replace his agent Drew Rosenhaus.

The players association stated it received the letter on Friday. Per the five-day required waiting period, Boldin will be able to sign with a new agent on Thursday.

A source told Boldin told's Alex Marvez that Boldin is expected to sign with Creative Arts Agency (CAA). Senior NFL Reporter Adam Caplan says the move was likely made due to the fact Boldin hasn't gotten close to getting an extension from the Cardinals.

"Usually when a player changes an agent, the move is done to stimulate contract discussions," Caplan said. "The problem is that Boldin apparently isn't being realistic in what he's asking for on an average per season basis. The bottom line is the team holds all the leverage since he has two years left on his deal and they don't have to do anything. If he's reasonable (willing to take $7-$8 million/season), something could get done."

Boldin has received much flack for the publicity surrounding his contract woes, which point a heavy finger toward Rosenhaus who didn't shy away from the limelight.

During day one of the 2009 NFL Draft, he told ESPN watchers that he expected Boldin to be traded out of Arizona by the end of the first round. That sort of conviction and air of power is one of the reasons many Cardinals fans are happy to show Rosenhaus the door and why many players are eager to get him on their side.

Although Boldin has his own cross to bear. Boldin appeared to distance himself from the Cardinals when he didn't participate in celebratory activities following the NFC Championship game, stated publicly he wanted a trade and also said that he didn't have a relationship with Coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Boldin yearns for the kind of money that the Cardinals shelled out to teammate Larry Fitzgerald who received a four-year, $40 million contract with $30 million guaranteed last offseason.

Boldin has two years remaining on a four-year, $22.75 million extension that he signed in August 2006.

His Cardinals teammates continue to support Boldin. The organization appears to still want Boldin around. However, they were open to a blockbuster deal.

Kurt Warner said Boldin does everything right, busts his butt and is a great leader for the team. Warner continued that Boldin just wants to be compensated fairly for what he has accomplished and what he brings to the table.

Karlos Dansby, who has his own contract sagas, thinks Boldin made the right decision. Dansby also fired his agent this offseason.

The Cardinals top priorities are SS Adrian Wilson and Dansby. The Cardinals would like to re-sign Wilson, their longest-tenured player, and finally agree to a long-term deal with Dansby after slapping the franchise tag on him for two consecutive years.

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