Should The New York Giants Trade For Anquan Boldin?

Jeremy KaufmanSenior Analyst IJune 21, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Wide receiver Anquan Boldin #81 of the Arizona Cardinals looks on 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)

Ever since the premature ejection of the New York Giants from the NFL playoffs last season, there has been one looming question on the mind of each and every fan of the Big Blue; should the team make a trade for All-Pro wide receiver Anquan Boldin? 

This is a tough question that no single individual can answer with absolute certainty, as the great benefits to enacting such a move are matched almost symmetrically with equally potent deterrents. Therefore, I will now assess the pros and cons of such a trade in an attempt to definitively determine whether or not the New York Giants should trade for Anquan Boldin.

The Pros

The pros for trading for Anquan Boldin are relatively obvious. First of all, Anquan is arguably one of the top three wide receivers in the NFL today.

Furthermore, at only 28-years old, Anquan is still in the prime of his career and would likely provide Eli Manning with the game-breaking receiver that he has missed since the departure of Plaxico Burress

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In addition to his great hands and ability to excel in traffic, Anquan is an above average run blocker and would aid the Big Blue running backs in reaching the outside and breaking away for big gains.

It should also be noted that Anquan Boldin played quarterback in college and as a result, he could certainly be utilized in the wildcat formation should Tom Coughlin opt to incorporate it into his offensive scheme.

The Cons

In spite of the incredible gains that await the Giants should they make a trade for Anquan Boldin, the cons of such a deal should certainly be noted.

First off, the primary reason why the Giants are searching for a new star receiver in the first place is because the previous incumbent to the position displayed character and discipline issues that made his presence on the New York Giants football team a distraction.

Unfortunately, Anquan is beginning to exude some similar character traits. While no aspect of Anquan Boldin’s behavior has ever ventured into the criminal realm like Mr. Burress, Boldin’s selfish and unrelenting demand for a new lofty contract is the very type of distraction that the New York Giants want to avoid.

While Anquan’s talent does warrant additional value to the salary with which he is currently provided, the demands that he has put forth since the end of last season are too hefty for the Cardinals to cope with. Even with his All-Pro quarterback, Kurt Warner, offering to give up money in order to assist in compensating Boldin, the finances still simply haven’t checked out in a manner that would be sufficed for Anquan Boldin.

Not only does this serve as a red flag in respect to Anquan’s character traits, but it also suggested that the New York Giants may not be able to financially afford him. In the past several years, the Giants have had success largely because they have acquired quality players who are willing to play with contracts that will keep the team comfortably under the salary cap. 

However, with the addition of Anquan Boldin, it would become incredibly hard to sign him to an extended contract without breaking the bank beyond repair. In addition, any New York Giants fans who followed the Cardinals during last year’s playoffs have witnessed the bickering that went on between Anquan and his offensive coordinator.

Do the Giants really need a receiver who is that tough to get along with? Shockey and Burress both received their pink slips for a similar reason. Therefore, I do not think that a trade for Boldin would be the prudent move to make.

Finally, it should also be noted that the Giants would have to compensate the Cardinals quite heavily in order to obtain Boldin. After all, 28-year old football players don’t grow on trees, and the Cards would likely require as much as two first-round picks in order to complete such a deal.

Between the high compensation requirements, heavy contract demands, and ever illuminant contract issues that inheritably come with the acquisition of Anquan Boldin, would it really be worth it to trade for him?

As much as I would like to see him in a Big Blue uniform, the logistics of the case simply indicate that it wouldn’t be wise for the Giants to pursue any such trade. At least under the current set of circumstances that the Giants are presented with.