Jets should be in Boldin sweepstakes

April, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

In talking about the best possible fits for on-the-market receiver Anquan Boldin, the Miami Dolphins were at the top of Scouts Inc. analyst Matt Williamson's list.

The New York Jets weren't far behind.

Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters Wednesday they will consider offers for Boldin before the draft.

There's a "Help Wanted" sign hanging outside the Jets' headquarters. They needed to upgrade their receiving corps even before Laveranues Coles negotiated his way off the team.

The Jets simply don't have weapons on their roster to threaten opposing defensive backs like the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills can.

"Boldin certainly seems like a Rex Ryan-type of guy, tough as nails, low-risk, a glorified possession receiver, great after-the-catch skills," Williamson said. "With a really suspect quarterback situation, he could quickly become your quarterback's best friend."

In only 12 games last year, Boldin had 89 receptions for 1,038 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Jets have the sure-handed Jerricho Cotchery, who posted a team-leading 71 receptions for 858 yards and five touchdowns. Chansi Stuckey is their only returning wide receiver who caught a touchdown last year. Stuckey scored three.

"Cotchery is a No. 2 receiver," Williamson said. "But you certainly could do a lot worse than having Cotchery as your No. 2."

To complete a Boldin deal, the Jets might have to part with their 17th overall draft choice. They hold only six picks in the entire draft.

"The 17th pick is a little steep, but there's so many teams right now that need receivers," Williamson said.

Williamson then rattled off a list that included the Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams.

"All those teams are receiver-starved," Williamson said. "All those guys need starting-caliber receivers. You'll have plenty of people interested in [Plaxico] Burress if he's cleared and Braylon Edwards and Chad Johnson, if he hits the market.

"But of all those guys you mention, Edwards maybe is the only who's more attractive than Boldin and that's kind of a coin flip, depending on what you're looking for."

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