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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Anquan Boldin's decision to change agents makes sense independent of what one thinks about his recently terminated representative, Drew Rosenhaus.
Attempts to force a trade and leverage a new contract had gone nowhere. The Cardinals have all the leverage because Boldin's current deal runs two more seasons and Larry Fitzgerald has supplanted Boldin as the team's top receiver.
Changing agents doesn't change those dynamics, but it does allow for a fresh start. Boldin's image has suffered during this contract dispute. He needs to reclaim the high ground. Perhaps he can do that now. He did not appear to be making progress as things stood.
I spoke with Rosenhaus a short time ago. He issued the following statement:
"We are pleased to announce today that we have re-signed Jeremy Shockey [to a representation agreement]. Regarding Anquan Boldin, let me say that I have great respect for him. I'm hopeful that we can work things out and he will return to the Rosenhaus Sports family in the near future. We are proud to continue to represent his brother D.J. Boldin. We would also like to take this opportunity to announce that Will Allen has signed a 2-year contract extension with the Dolphins worth $16.2 million."
The statement was classic Rosenhaus, trying to put a positive face on a negative situation. He is extremely resilient. He has won back clients previously.
I know Boldin reached out to other agents earlier this offseason. He spoke with two of Fitzgerald's agents, Eugene Parker and Paul Lawrence. He spoke with CAA agents Tom Condon and Ben Dogra. He spoke with another prominent agent, Kennard McGuire. I'm sure agents will reach out as news of Rosenhaus' termination spreads.
Update: Boldin submitted his termination letter to the NFLPA on Friday. The five-day waiting period for hiring a new agent began Saturday. Boldin is free to hire a new agent Thursday.