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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Does Boldin's dumping of Drew help the Beast?

By Dan Graziano

Posted by's Matt Mosley

Don't expect the ubiquitous Drew Rosenhaus to receive a lot of sympathy cards/Tweets after being dumped by Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin on Friday. NFC West blogger Mike Sando has a really logical take on the story right here.

Rosenhaus has swooped in and signed players away from agents for years. And it always seems to be right before a big payday. For once, he's seeing what it feels like to be on the other end. Now it will be interesting to see which direction Boldin goes. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him go to CAA, where Tom Condon (name a starting quarterback in the league), Ben Dogra (Jason Smith) and Ken Kremer (Tony Romo) reside. They've pretty much owned the first days of the draft the last couple of years, and Condon takes a much different approach than Rosenhaus.

I also think Eugene Parker (Larry Fitzgerald) is a good name, although I think Boldin would like to get out of Fitzgerald's shadow. So what does all this mean to the NFC East?

Maybe not a lot, but there's always a chance that a fresh approach could work. Rosenhaus has more ties to the Giants than any team in the division, but it's not like general manager Jerry Reese is in love with any of these guys. In theory, the Eagles have the best shot of landing Boldin in a trade because of their cap room. But at this point, I think the Eagles and Giants are both serious about relying on their younger players at the receiver position.

But all it takes is one injury in a minicamp or training camp to create some movement (see Jason Taylor '08). I still think Boldin would be an excellent fit for the Eagles because he'd give them a big, physical receiver to go along with speedsters Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson.

So where will Boldin be in '09? I still think there's a 90 percent chance he's with the Cardinals -- without the big money he's looking for.