We all saw this coming: The Cardinals traded Anquan Boldin. What we weren't sure of was the destination. Now we know: Anquan goes to the Baltimore Ravens for third and fourth round draft picks, with the Cardinals giving up a fifth rounder.
I say good for Q.
He goes to a place where they need a No. 1 guy, so he doesn't have to share the limelight with Fitzgerald. He fits their style of play—in fact, his style of play mirrors Derrick Mason. He's a possession receiver who is undoubtedly the most physical receiver in the NFL (so it's a huge upgrade for Baltimore). And he gets a QB with a great arm in Joe Flacco.
While things definitely worked out for Anquan Boldin, I'd love to get your thoughts on whether you thought things worked out for Arizona. Did they get enough for Q? Will the Cards regret this? Or did they get a steal for a 30-year-old receiver who doesn't look like he could get any better?
As for my thoughts, I like this deal for the Cardinals. They got exactly what they were asking for—a third round pick. This is more than fair for an "older" receiver with a history of injuries. And, on top of that they received a fourth rounder. And with all the offseason moves in the desert, I'm sure the Cards will need it.
So now comes the rebuilding.
The Cardinals saved a lot of money by not only trading Boldin, but releasing Rolle and letting Dansby go. Now, armed with some extra draft picks and some money, the Cardinals can do what they've done well for the last several seasons: draft well, restock, and reload.
But about those mock drafts I did...Dang it! Back to the drawing board...