Arizona Cardinals Have Small Window to Succeed

Chris WhitakerContributor IJuly 15, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Wide receiver Anquan Boldin #81 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals recently inked Kurt Warner to a two-year deal. The odds are close to 100 percent that Warner will retire after two more seasons. Anquan Boldin also still has two years left on his current contract. 

Let's face reality: The Arizona Cardinals only have a two-year window to win the Super Bowl. Does anyone honestly feel confident that Matt Leinart is going to lead Arizona to the Super Bowl after Warner retires? No. 

Warner has made it abundantly clear that he wants the Cards to keep Boldin. He wants all his weapons back for another run at the Super Bowl. The Cards own Boldin on the cheap until their window closes. 

It thus would make ZERO sense to trade Boldin to another team, especially for draft picks. Rookies usually take a few years to approach their prime. 

By that time, No. 13 will be on his sofa watching the NFL, and the Arizona window will be slammed firmly shut behind him.