Memo to Anquan Boldin: Shut Up and Play!

Chris EppsContributor IMay 29, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Wide receiver Anquan Boldin #81 of the Arizona Cardinals runs for yards after the catch on a 45-yard reception in the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Late last week Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin fired his long-time agent, Drew Rosenhaus, apparently over Boldin's displeasure with Rosenhaus' handling of the disgruntled Pro Bowler's demands for a new contract from Cardinals' management.

Boldin is under contract with the Cardinals for two more years to the tune of $5.75 million, a deal he and Rosenhaus renegotiated with the Cardinals in 2005.  Last year, after re-working their deal with No. 1 wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for $40 million over four years, the Cardinals apparently told "Q" they would take care of him, but they did not specify a time frame. 

The Cardinals have made it clear their contract priorities start with linebacker Karlos Dansby and safety Adrian Wilson and end sometime later with a new contract for Anquan Boldin. 

Patience is a virtue, Mr. Boldin.  Good things come to those who wait. 

Your Pro Bowl numbers and loyalty and dedication to the organization will be rewarded in due time.  In the meantime, by airing your contract dirty laundry in the media you run the risk of alienating a fan base who adores you for your work ethic, soft hands, and iron jaw.  You are appearing as though you are just another greedy athlete, never satisfied in your pursuit of more and more green. 

But, should you quit your public money grab and simply play out your existing contract then you will be elevated to the level of those rare athletes who honor their deals, play for the love of the game, and negotiate their contracts with their clubs behind closed doors.  You will be known around the league for the quality of your play and not the quantity of your wallet.  Fans will be reciting your lofty stats instead of reviling you in chats.  A word to the wise, Anquan, just shut up and play.