Arizona Cardinals Trading Anquan Boldin for a Third-Round Pick?

Jason DiCarloContributor IMarch 4, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Wide receiver Anquan Boldin #81 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Green Bay Packers at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 33-7.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Cardinals have said they would take offers for Anquan Boldin for the past three offseasons.  Cardinals' GM Rod Graves said they would be willing to part with Boldin this year.

The asking price has said to have gone down significantly. This is the year Boldin will get traded. He is an unrestricted free agent after the 2010 season. That's this year.

He is looking for a new deal that would pay him Larry Fitzgerald-type money and nothing less.  Boldin has had injury issues the last couple of years and teams may not want to give up a first or second-round pick on him.  They may think he isn't worth the risk.  But then again, playmakers don't come cheap in this league.

Would you pull the trigger on a Boldin deal to your favorite team?

What if it was for a third-round draft pick?

Michael Lombardi reported on NFL Network that the Cardinals "only want a third-round pick" for Anquan Boldin.  But Lombardi also says the team has to be willing to sign Boldin to Fitzgerald money.  Is it worth the risk?

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Boldin is a playmaker who makes other players around him better.  People say he isn't a number one receiver, but he hasn't been given the chance to show what he can do.

I think the Ravens and Dolphins will be all over this deal.  Both have the need for an offensive playmaker who is a WR.  Also, don't count out the Patriots.  One of their best players in Wes Welker is injured and won't start the season.  The Patriots also have issues regarding Randy Moss

But New England doesn't have a third-round pick in this year's draft.  Would the Pats be willing to trade one of their three second-round picks for another weapon for Brady?  I think they would be.  Moss is on the decline and Boldin has four to six more years left in him.

Other potential teams interested in Boldin are Tampa Bay, the NY Jets, NY Giants, Bills, Texans, Bears and Chiefs.

Could we see a 12:01 am trade in the NFL?

I think it could happen if the asking price is as low as a third-round pick for Boldin.

The Dolphins have been rumored to Boldin for 3 years now.  Also, they have been recently rumored to have had offered a third-round pick for Boldin.

We will have to wait for Friday to see how this unfolds.


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