Latest Anquan Boldin Trade Rumor

As Anquan Boldin continues to seek a restructured contract, trade rumors have resumed regarding the three-time Pro Bowl wideout. The latest development includes a potential three-way deal that would send Boldin to the AFC in exchange for another disgruntled receiver. Brad Wilbricht outlines the latest rumors in the Boldin saga in this exclusive.

The quietness surrounding Arizona Cardinals' WR Anquan Boldin may soon be coming to an end. With the regular season set to kickoff in less than two weeks, Boldin's immediate future could come to fruition quickly. If Boldin begins the season in a Cardinals' uniform, expect him to finish the year in the desert. However, rumors from a source close to the situation are talking about a potential deal that would reunite Boldin with Arizona's former offensive coordinator Todd Haley in Kansas City have apparently taken place.

The Cardinals refrained from trading Boldin prior to the draft in large part due to the insufficient offers they received. Now with another wideout seeking a new contract possibly on the table, Arizona GM Rod Graves may be considering parting ways with the Boldin camp. Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall is the wide receiver popping up in trade talks and the Cardinals would also be in line to receive another young signal caller.

Brandon Marshall

While Boldin and Marshall would be the headliners of the potential trade, several other key players would be included. With both Denver and the Kansas City Chiefs involved in the talks, there would also be a shuffle between quarterbacks. Arizona backup QB Matt Leinart would reportedly be headed to the Mile High City with either Brodie Croyle or Tyler Thigpen heading to the desert. Kansas City would in turn get Boldin and Denver would receive Leinart and a second-round draft pick.

That would leave the Cardinals with another Pro Bowler in Marshall replacing Boldin, who has proved to be extremely productive during his time in Arizona. In addition, with many questions regarding the long-term future of Leinart, the Cardinals would enter fresh blood in the contest to succeed veteran QB Kurt Warner upon his retirement.

Although the above scenario would make some sense from a personnel perspective, it wouldn't solve the current problems facing Arizona's front office. The Cardinals would essentially be swopping one disgruntled wideout for another. If Arizona is unwilling to restructure Boldin's deal at this point in time, addressing Marshall's current deal wouldn't make sense. Marshall's production can't be questioned but he's been involved in several off-field incidents, which makes him a much more risky investment than Boldin.

Furthermore, the Cardinals would be pulling the plug on Leinart, who the team selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2005 draft. Replacing him with Croyle or Thigpen doesn't seem like the answer at this point in time. The thought of replacing Boldin and Leinart with Marshall and one of the Chiefs' backup quarterbacks isn't all that attractive when weighing the pros and cons of the situation.

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