Attention, New York Giants: Go Get Anquan Boldin!

Alex McVeighSenior Analyst IApril 17, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Wide receiver Anquan Boldin #81 of the Arizona Cardinals smiles on the field as he 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)

If my headline didn't get your attention, G-Men, let me reiterate:



The Giants have the picks for him, though rumors had them looking to turn those picks into Tony Gonzalez.

Yeah, because we need an old tight end to replace Kevin Boss, a young tight end who has done very well in his first two seasons.

Instead, they could turn those picks into Boldin.

With the signings of Christ Canty, Michael Boley, and Rocky Bernard, the Giants have already shored up their needs on the defensive front.

With the loss of Plaxico Burress last year, the Giants' flaws were exposed. When faced with the tough defense of the Eagles or the physical line of the Cowboys, Eli Manning didn't have that go-to threat that took the pressure off the weak areas of the offense.

A game-changing receiver turned Eli into a Super Bow MVP, Amani Toomer into a deadly second option, and Steve Smith into a dynamite third-down receiver. A wideout that commands a double-team at all times opens up passing lanes for Kevin Boss, as well.

A receiver that can pull down that fade pass in the corner of the end zone is something that Manning needs as a backup option so he doesn't have to force bad passes.

You can argue that the majority of players on the Giants next year are on their way up. Mathias Kiwanuka, Aaron Ross, Michael Johnson, Corey Webster, Justin Tuck, Barry Cofield, and the return of Osi Umenyiora give the Giants a chance to climb back in the mix.

On offense, Derrick Ward is gone, but it's time for Ahmad Bradshaw to step up, which we have seen that he is capable of doing.

What's missing is the primary receiver.

Now, other names, such as Braylon Edwards, have been tossed around.

While Edwards is truly a dynamic talent, he also has a bad case of the dropsies, and that's not something a quarterback like Eli Manning needs.

With Boldin, you get a legit receiver who is ready to start over. He'd finally be on a team that is still on the rise, and if someone like Mario Manningham or Domenik Hixon can replace Toomer as a solid second option, the offense would be the same as that which was potent enough to beat the 18-0 Patriots.

Plus, the defense that held that same Patriots team to 14 points in the biggest game of their careers is still around.

Other teams interested in Boldin include the Cowboys and Eagles (who are, ironically enough, hoping for him to replace T.O.).

If the Eagles snag him, all of a sudden Donovan McNabb has a legit receiver to throw to, and we all saw how far they went the last time he had a better half.

If the Cowboys get him, they can line up a young duo of Roy Williams and Boldin across from one another, and with a gunslinger like Tony Romo throwing to them, all of a sudden the Cowboys would be the prohibitive favorite to go to the Super Bowl.

Oh, wait...they were last year? How'd that work out?

Thinly veiled barbs aside, the Giants cannot afford to let either of these division rival teams get Boldin.

And moreso, they can't afford to waste another promising year without a top-notch wide receiver. It's not often that one becomes available in the manner that Boldin is, and it's not often that you have the perfect package of picks to give up for him.

So I repeat: New York Giants, GO GET ANQUAN BOLDIN!


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