The New York Post’s Paul Schwartz is reporting that if Anquan Boldin does indeed sign with agent Tom Condon then a trade to New York City may be his next move.
According to the New York Post story, Condon represents New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. The close working relationship with Giants brass and the team’s star quarterback may sway a trade in the Giants favor.
The Giants are still in search of a veteran wide receiver to fill the shoes of Plaxico Burress. Boldin is not the deep threat that Burress is, but he would give the Giants an experienced wide receiver to go with a collection of young, unproven players.
For Boldin, the trade would be the end of a rocky 18 months with the Cardinals organization. Contract extension talks have stalled and Boldin still has two years, $5.75 million remaining on his deal. A trade out of Arizona or a new contract in the range of $9 to $10 million is the unspoken ultimatum Boldin has given to Cardinals management.
In return, the Cardinals would likely receive a package of draft picks and young players for Boldin. For a Pro Bowl-caliber player, at least a second-round pick is required to make any deal enticing.
Wide receivers Domenik Hixon and Steve Smith have been rumored to be involved in New York deals this offseason, and could be a solid No. 3 wideout for Arizona. Also, with the wealth of Giants defensive linemen, former first-round pick Mathias Kiwanuka is a name general managers always inquire about.
Kiwanuka is a hybrid defensive end who can play with his hand down or standing upright, and would fit perfectly into the Cards' 3-4 defense.