In an unsurprising Chad Johnson-like turn of events, Arizona Cardinals' star wide receiver Anquan Boldin is reportedly seeking a trade from the team after contract negotiations stalled midway through training camp.
According to several sources, Boldin's agent Drew Rosenhaus (yes, Drew Rosenhaus) had already asked for a new contract shortly after fellow wideout Larry Fitzgerald signed a four-year, $40 million contract last spring. By the time training camp opened, however, Boldin still had no deal and blamed the Cardinals' officials for not making good on promises of restructuring a contract extension he signed three years ago.
Under his current contract, Boldin is making $4 million a year, while Fitzgerald is making $10 million. Boldin was reportedly seeking a contract equal to or more than that of Fitzgerald's.
Now, Boldin and Rosenhaus have made it clear that he no longer wants a new contract. He wants to leave the team.
Acording to sources, Boldin wants out because he believes that the team is not serious about renewing his contract and his unhappiness makes it hard for him to go to work every day. Rosenhaus has already asked the team to to trade Boldin.
However, the Cardinals, like the Bengals before them, are not only refusing to deal him, but are also still hopeful that a new contract will get done. According to several reports, their last offer was worth half the money of Fitzgerald's, but that is way out of Boldin's range.
Boldin's displeasure with the team, however, is twofold. He is not only unhappy with his current contract situation and how the team has handled it, but he is also at odds with his coach, Ken Whisenhunt, who he says became too involved in contract negotiations.
"At this point we have no relationship, and I don't see that changing," Boldin told NFL Network on Monday. "It's just gotten to a point where I think lines were crossed. If you ask me, coaches should be coaches, management should be management, and I don't think those lines should be crossed. But when you cross those lines, you put yourself in position for things like this to happen."
It is still entirely possible that Boldin will walk out of Cardinals' training camp, although that would subject him to fines of $15,000 a day. The team, it seems, may not be prepared to go that route, and his doing so could eventually lead to a trade before the regular season starts.
Right now it all makes for good speculation as anything can still happen in the two and a half weeks before Opening Day. Part Two: How Does this Affect the Eagles?