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Boldin Takes First Step in Fixing Reputation

Jason P. SkodaContributor IMay 28, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 30:  Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin #81 of the Arizona Cardinals poses during a portrait session at Cardinals Training Facility on November 30, 2004 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

It has become evident that Anquan Boldin loves to get his uniform soiled but not his reputation.

So the Arizona Cardinal wide receiver made his move; the Cardinals are next in this game of contractual chess.

The All-Pro wide receiver finally had enough of his name and reputation being destroyed by the actions of Drew Rosenhaus, the Sleestak of sports agents, so he fired Rosenhaus.

Before last season’s trade demand, recent hamstring “strain” and the rest of Rosenhaus’ usual tactics for contract re-negotiations, Boldin was considered one of the toughest, throwback receivers in the game.

Then he started being linked with Ochocino and Terrell Owens, instead of players who let their game do the talking like Torry Holt, Andre Johnson and teammate Larry Fitzgerald.

As proud as Boldin is, that was the start of his dissatisfaction with Rosenhaus. He realized he had to distance himself from the stigma that Rosenhaus generally creates before getting something done with the contract.

Boldin after all has two years left on his deal, and the Cardinals made it abundantly clear that they weren’t going to take anything less.

He was going to be under Bidwill’s control for awhile so Boldin got rid of the one thing he could—his agent.

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This by no means that Boldin, who has 502 career catches and 40 touchdowns in six seasons, is an automatic Cardinal for good, but it bodes well in his decision making.

The Cardinals have said over and over again there are higher priorities (Karlos Dansby and Adrian Wilson) than Boldin, but his latest move has to de-ice the front office a little bit knowing it will have to deal with Rosenhaus a little less (he still represents Darnell Dockett).

The Cardinals might have a false of security with the play of Steve Breaston last season, the promise of a healthy Early Doucet and Kurt Warner’s ability to take everyone—how well did Az-Zahir Hakim do when he was hauling in passes from Warner - better.

But make no mistake—Boldin is just as important to the Cardinal's explosive offense as Fitzgerald.

He has missed time because of injuries to account for a full season, but when he plays he averages nearly seven catches a game and 100 catches per season.

Fitzgerald reached a new stratosphere with his play in the postseason and he has shown no signs of a letdown or being satisfied, being singled out as perfect example of the anti-diva receiver.

Boldin took notice, put the trash on the curb and is ready to recycle his soiled reputation.

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