What happens when something just makes too much sense?
Is it just so obvious that it cannot happen, and therefore, we, as fans and reporters, get too hyped up about these things?
Each of these players are overshadowed by either a better or more-established player on their own team.
Both of these players want that spotlight on them so that they can show the world what they can do.
They also want to be paid accordingly.
I, of course, am talking about Anquan Boldin and Terrell Suggs.
Boldin has been quite vocal for the past two seasons about his displeasure with his current contract.
He has sulked and pouted as well as fired his agent. No matter what he does during the offseason, the man has never let his contract status affect his play on the field.
He is one of the toughest receivers in the NFL. On top of that, in multiple seasons, he has shown his ability to be a No. 1 receiver.
Suggs, much like Boldin, has played in the shadow of a legend, Ray Lewis.
I am sure it was great when he first came into the league, learning from one of the best players to patrol the middle of the field in the last decade.
Yet, Suggs has been expecting a nice long-term deal for the last two seasons, and instead, he has had the franchise tag placed on him both years.
It is not that Suggs wants to leave Baltimore; rather, he wants a long-term deal.
The problem, as Cardinals fans know, is that the longer a player goes without that guarantee, the more and more disgruntled they become.
That is why I propose a trade.
The Ravens are in need of a wide receiver now more than ever. The sudden retirement of Derrick Mason has put an even bigger hole in the already feeble offense of the Ravens.
There is already talk that the Ravens are putting together a bigger and better package than what they offered pre-draft for Boldin.
I don't know if any of this talk means anything, but I know that the Ravens will come after Boldin hard because the only other top-flight wide out available is Plaxico Burress.
So I say, why not talk a big trade? Why all this nonsense about the Ravens offering the Cardinals draft picks and bit players for something they desperately need?
Why not make a blockbuster?
I know, the NFL does not do blockbuster trades. Since 1995, here are the biggest blockbusters:
- 1996: The Rams trade Jerome Bettis to the Steelers. All they get is draft picks.
- 1999: The Colts trade Marshall Faulk to the Rams. Again, all the Colts get is draft picks.
- 2004: The biggest player-for-player trade in the last decade, the Redskins trade Champ Bailey to the Denver Broncos for Clinton Portis.
- 2007: Oakland trades Randy Moss. They get...a draft pick.
- 2008: Green Bay trades Brett Favre to the New York Jets; they get a conditional draft pick.
So, what I am going to propose would be on scale with the Bailey-for-Portis deal.
Trade Boldin for Suggs. Sign each one of them to the long-term deal they want.
This is not going to happen. If I read correctly, the Ravens cannot trade Suggs after Wednesday, July 15. If I am wrong, please someone correct me, but that is the way I read it according to the franchise tag rules.
The Cardinals need a pass rusher. The Ravens need someone that can catch the football for the up-and-coming Joe Flacco and allow him to continue his growth as a player.
Neither team seems to want to meet the needs of their disgruntled player. Both players have shown interest in playing somewhere else. So why don't the teams give them a new place to play?
I know dreaming is free, but sometimes common sense costs a lot.
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