Boldin encouraged by trade possibilities
April, 18, 2009
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com
PAHOKEE, Fla. -- When the Philadelphia Eagles traded for Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters and gave him a six-year contract worth $60 million, they eliminated themselves as a potential landing pad for Anquan Boldin.
But the fact another star player was traded at all is encouraging to Boldin, the dangerous receiver who's unhappy with the Arizona Cardinals.
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"It can happen," Boldin said. "The [Jay] Cutler deal happened, too. So anything is possible. We'll have to wait and see."
Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Wednesday for the first time that the team is willing to listen to trade proposals for Boldin before next weekend's draft. Boldin has asked to be traded since the Cardinals gave receiver Larry Fitzgerald a four-year, $40 million contract.
Boldin grinned Saturday when asked about Whisenhunt's public comments.
"It's more of a relief because things are starting to move," said Boldin, in his hometown of Pahokee, Fla., to wrap up the fifth-annual Q-fest Weekend, a three-day community event. "After the season ended, there was nothing being done. At least there is movement.
"Like I've said all along, the only thing I want is a resolution. Hopefully, this leads towards that."
The Miami Dolphins and New York Jets are among the teams craving help at receiver. The Jets reportedly have phoned the Cardinals already to see where negotiations start. First- and a third-round picks are believed to be the Cardinals' asking price.
This week, I spoke to Scouts Inc. analyst Matt Williamson to break down how Boldin would fit with the Dolphins and how he would fit with the Jets.
Boldin and his Miami-based agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have stated multiple times over the past year that Boldin would love to play for the Dolphins. Their facility is about a 90-minute drive from Pahokee, located on the south coast of Lake Okeechobee.
"Everything is completely out of my hands," Boldin said. "There's absolutely nothing I can do at this point to make something happen or push things along.
"At this time of year, when the draft comes along, there are always names being mentioned. This year, my name just happens to be one of them being brought up again. We'll just have to wait and see."