Wide Receiver Watch

The Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills pulled off a big trade on Friday, but there might be more dealing before or during the draft involving high-profile veterans. At least three big-name wide receivers -- Anquan Boldin, Braylon Edwards and Chad Johnson -- have been mentioned in trade rumors and could be on the move. The question in Miami: Should the Dolphins go after any of them?

All three of the receivers clearly are quality players who, on talent alone, instantly would become the No. 1 receivers on the Dolphins. But all three of them have issues, which is why they could be available in the first place.

In the case of Edwards, he's had a nasty habit of dropping passes over the past couple of years, even while he was putting up big numbers in 2007.

The issue with Johnson (excuse us, Ochocinco), the issue is obvious, and that's his attitude.

Finally, there's Boldin, and the problem with him is he wants a new contract, make that a huge new contract.

For the Dolphins, evaluating whether to try to make a deal for one of those players involves not only deciding on the merit of the player but also the cost it would entail.

The rumors involving Edwards and a potential trade with the Giants have involved the Browns' demand that defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka be included in the deal.

That, right there, tells us Edwards will cost too much in a trade and he's not good enough to justify that kind of price.

We move to Johnson, for whom no price has been reported. But just remember that the Bengals lst offseason reportedly turned down Washington's offer of two first-round picks. Again, too expensive.

So that leaves Boldin, and we've heard the asking price will be a first- and a third-round pick. But that's only part of it, because there also will be the matter of signing him to a new contract.

Boldin has indicated he'd love to play for the Dolphins, which is all fine and dandy. But Boldin also wants to get paid, even though he's got two years left on his current deal.

Boldin is scheduled to make $2.75 million and $3 million over the next two years, and he's looking for a deal that will pay him closer to $8 million a year, if not more.

That's an awful lot of money for a guy who is a possession receiver. Granted, Boldin is as good a possession receiver as it gets, but he's not a stretch-the-defense, big-play, clear-No. 1 wide receiver the Dolphins need more than anything else.

An argument could be that Boldin is more the perfect No. 2 receiver than a pure No. 1, you know, a guy like T.J. Houshmandzadeh was in Cincinnati, or John Taylor all those years ago in San Francisco. Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 receiver in Arizona, and that's not even up for debate.

So should the Dolphins really consider giving up two prime draft picks to acquire Boldin and then give him a huge new contract? From a fan standpoint, the answer clearly is yes because the Dolphins obviously would be a better team in the short term.

From a logical standpoint, making that kind of move goes against everything Bill Parcells, Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano have done since they came to Miami. It simply wouldn't make sense.


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