Boldin, a former second-round draft pick in 2003, has already reached the Pro Bowl on three occasions and alongside wideout Larry Fitzgerald is part of arguably the top wide receiving tandem in the league. Boldin has surpassed 1,000 yards receiving in four of his six NFL seasons and has compiled 502 catches for 6,496 yards during his career. Boldin has knack for finding the end zone scoring 40 times and is known for his tremendous downfield blocking ability.
While Boldin's impact in Arizona can't be understated, the Cardinals' depth chart is loaded with talent on the perimeter. Fitzgerald is one of the elite wide receivers in the game while Steve Breaston and Jerheme Urban are proven backups looking for a chance to crack the starting lineup. Additionally, second-year WR Early Doucet is expected to progress into a reliable threat over the middle and would also help fill the void if Boldin isn't with the team in 2009.
Arizona has done an excellent job securing young talent in the trenches but Dockett is by far the most resourceful player on the defensive line. The Cardinals have been utilizing a hybrid approach on defense, incorporating tactics from the 4-3 and 3-4 defenses. Although Bill Davis takes over at defensive coordinator, Arizona's aggressive style will remain. Dockett's versatility makes him a perfect fit for the Cardinals and his ability to be used in several different formations is invaluable.
Ultimately, Arizona is hopeful both Boldin and Dockett are in the desert for the upcoming season. However, if forced to pick just one player it could very well be Dockett. With Fitzgerald locked up for the immediate future and a handful of other talented wide receivers on the roster, Boldin would be easier to replace at the current time. The Cardinals' defense revolves around Dockett's disruptiveness upfront and that's something the team can't afford to lose.
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