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This changes things.
If Arizona really is willing to accept a second-round pick as the primary return for receiver Anquan Boldin, as reported by ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, then I would think at least two NFC North teams should jump in to the bidding.
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As it stands now, we have Minnesota and Chicago scouring the draft for receivers. If you're the Vikings, do you want the proven commodity of Anquan Boldin or the risk of a Percy Harvin or Darrius Heyward-Bey? If it's possible to get Boldin for a lower draft pick than you would have to use for Harvin or Heyward-Bey in the draft, why not?
The same should go for the Bears, who otherwise would have to sift through the second tier of receivers with the No. 49 overall pick. I don't think the 49th pick by itself is going to be enough to get a deal done, but at least the Bears are now in the ballpark. When the asking price was reportedly a first- and a third-round pick, they had no shot.
Boldin is 28 years old and has six years of NFL mileage on him. If everyone has an average-length career, Boldin will retire before Harvin, Heyward-Bey and any other rookie receiver who establishes himself out of this draft. But the risk factor is high among drafted receivers. Boldin is pretty much a sure thing.
UPDATE (5:40 p.m. ET): Arizona general manager Rod Graves told the team's Web site that the chance Boldin will remain with the Cardinals are "pretty high." The Cardinals have received only one offer for Boldin, Graves said, and they did not seriously consider it.