Point-Counterpoint: Arizona's Anquan Boldin has made it clear that he's unhappy with his current contract situation. Here's how the Cardinals should handle him.
Trade star receiver now for a 1st-round pick
By Scott Bordow
In a perfect world, the Cardinals and Anquan Boldin would work things out, and Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald would go on to become the most prolific wide receiving tandem in NFL history.
Of course, in a perfect world, Boldin wouldn’t be so concerned about getting his, and he’d fire agent Drew Rosenhaus, who has more divas in his stable than Hugh Hefner.
Look, I appreciate that Boldin is a terrific player and a great teammate. But I’m with the Cardinals on this one: Boldin doesn’t deserve Fitzgerald money, if for no other reason than Fitzgerald is the superior player.
If Boldin would soften his stance and be willing to wait a year on a new deal, I’d keep him around. But that’s not going to happen, especially with Rosenhaus pulling the strings.
Could the Cardinals just hold onto Boldin? Sure. He has two years left on his contract. And he’s already proven that, even when unhappy, he’ll work hard and be productive.
But I’m guessing Boldin will really raise a stink if the Cardinals keep him at bay. I can envision Rosenhaus orchestrating a prolonged and nasty training camp holdout.
So here’s what Arizona should do: Trade Boldin. Get a first-round pick in a deal, then use a high draft choice to find Boldin’s successor.
It’s not the perfect solution.
But it’s not a perfect world.
Make Boldin play under contract he signed
By Bob Romantic
Here’s what the Cardinals should do with Anquan Boldin:
Invite him into the front office.
Bring out a stack of paperwork.
And show Boldin his signature on the dotted line.
It’s a contract. He signed it. He should live up to it. Plain and simple.
Yes, Boldin deserves better money. Yes, the Cardinals made promises they haven’t kept. But the bottom line is that Boldin signed a contract. In the old days, that used to mean something.
Now, it means that players hold out during training camp, make trade demands and have their agents make grandstand plays to express their client’s unhappiness.
And that’s even when they have two or three years left on their current deal.
Boldin is not a diva in the mold of Terrell Owens or Chad Johnson. He’s fearless, he plays hurt, teammates love him, and once upon a time he was a leader and the face of the franchise.
Boldin will still hold out and play agent Drew Rosenhaus’ games.
But when it comes time to step on the field, he’ll perform as he always does.
It just the kind of player he is — the kind of player the Cardinals need to keep.