Minnesota Vikings: Anquan Boldin, the Next Best Thing

Moss84 87Contributor IMarch 8, 2009

Last season, the Minnesota Vikings, led by the true MVP of the league Adrian Peterson and a top 10 defense, won the NFC North division title for the first time in years. They ended up losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Eagles.

It became very apparent the difference in the game was the play of the quarterback's. Donovan McNabb repeatedly made big plays when the Eagles needed them while Tarvaris Jackson struggled and finished with a 45.4 QB rating.

This offseason, many Vikings fans believed the front office would finally address the QB situation. Instead what they got was more of the same with the trade of Sage Rosenfels, a career backup.

Childress has said there will be a competition for the starting spot but does it really matter? Neither players are starting quality QB's, and even worse they have more career turnovers than touchdowns.

It's pretty clear Childress intends on Jackson starting once again with Rosenfels most likely being brought in to replace Gus Frerotte.

A couple of weeks ago after trading for Rosenfels the Vikings pressed hard to sign T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Eventually they lost out to the Seahawks mainly due to money and the QB situation. It seems like the Vikings are looking to upgrade their WR's. I believe it's a smart move.

An elite wide receiver can make an average quarterback look good and a good quarterback look great.

With Housh off the market, all signs point to Anquan Boldin. He's the perfect complement to Bernard Berrian. While Berrian uses his speed to stretch the field, Boldin is an expert at running the underneath routes keeping the chains moving. He is the modern day Cris Carter.

How can the Vikings pull this off? Trading for Boldin won't be easy and it will come at a steep price, but it will be worth it. If the Vikings offer their first round pick along with Chester Taylor the deal will get done.

The Cardinals are in dire need of a starting running back and Chester Taylor is in the last year of his contract in Minnesota. Getting a first-round pick and a starting RB for a disgruntled pro-bowl wide receiver is a fair trade.

As a result, the Cardinals will finally be able to release Edgerrin James, who is looking to leave. The Vikings can then sign Edge as the back-up RB behind Adrian Peterson. In the end both teams get what they want and everybody is happy.

The Vikings still need a good QB, but bringing in a pro-bowl wide receiver like Anquan Boldin is the next best thing.