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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Cards are all ears regarding Boldin

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

All those trade rumors swirling around Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin finally have some legs. Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt told local reporters Wednesday the club would listen to offers for Boldin as the draft approaches.

"I think it would be foolish from our standpoint not to listen to those opportunities and see what actually exists," said Whisenhunt. "Our position on Anquan has been consistent and our goal hasn't changed. Reaching an agreement on a new contract has been, and continues to be, the preferred result. There are other options. Those do include fielding offers about trade."

So the door has been opened. Whisenhunt said a "few" teams had contacted the Cardinals about Boldin, and one would have to imagine the Eagles and Giants being in the mix. ESPN.com's John Clayton thinks it could cost a first- and a third-round draft choice to land Boldin. I think a second- and a fifth-round pick might get the job done if a team was willing to throw in a young receiver such as Domenik Hixon. I sort of agree with Mike Garafolo's theory that Braylon Edwards is more of a No. 1 wide receiver than Boldin.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. thinks the Cardinals have a good chance to come out ahead in this trade because they could beef up their running game with the extra draft picks. Williamson thinks the Eagles would be the best fit for Boldin -- and his explanation makes total sense.

Mike Sando of the NFC West blog thinks Whisenhunt's comments Wednesday may have been designed to get ahead of the growing speculation. Now the Cardinals can conduct business as normal because they've already acknowledged their willingness to listen.

So where will Boldin end up? Well, I agree that the Eagles might be the best fit. Send DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis deep and let the fearless Boldin work the middle of the field.