Kansas City should pursue Boldin

April, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

I've been thinking about this a lot since it was a topic in the AFC West mailbag Wednesday: the Kansas City Chiefs should pursue Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin through a trade.

I know there has been some talk of the Chiefs potentially pursuing former Arizona running back Edgerrin James now that he is a free agent, but Boldin would provide a higher impact.

And it is completely feasible.

Boldin can likely still be had for a second-round pick after not being traded during the last weekend's draft. Kansas City has two second-round picks in 2010 as a result of the Tony Gonzalez trade to Atlanta last week.

Getting Boldin for the Gonzalez pick would make the trade of the future hall of fame tight end more palatable for Chiefs fans. Boldin would pick up the slack for Gonzalez in the passing game and he would give new Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel an excellent receiving tandem with Dwayne Bowe.

Kansas City has more than $30 million in salary cap room. It could easily give both Cassel and Boldin long-term deals and secure a high-powered offense for the long term.

Boldin played for new Kansas City coach Todd Haley, who was the offensive coordinator of the Cardinals. Yes, Haley and Boldin had a dispute in the NFC championship game, but they could co-exist again.

Haley knows how dynamic Boldin is and how he could help his team. Other than bringing in Cassel, the Chiefs haven't made a huge splash this offseason as the new era begins. Trading for Boldin would qualify.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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