For those of you fantasizing about Anquan Boldin playing for
the Eagles next season, we bring you the latest in the saga of the
talented Arizona Cardinals wide receiver:
First, there was the e-mail sent to NFL teams by
Anquan’s greasy agent, Drew Rosenhaus, announcing that Boldin
and two other wide receiver clients of his – Plaxico Burress
and Chad Johnson – were for sale, even though that came as
news to their teams.
Then, late last week, Rosenhaus talked to Cardinals general manager Rod
Graves and told him that Anquan had softened the
I-want-out-of-the-desert stance he’s had since last summer,
and would be willing to sign a contract extension with the Cards if the
money was right.
Then, Boldin went on a Phoenix talk-radio show Friday and said
there was a deadline that went with his willingness to sign an
extension – Tuesday. This Tuesday. If the Cards
didn’t fax Drewie an extension proposal by then, he would
return to his I-want-out stance.
Well, Graves, who is here in Indianapolis at the NFL scouting combine,
didn’t sound like a guy who was going to be sending Drewie
anything by Tuesday, except possibly a bag of doggie doo-doo.
"Our position with Anquan is still as it’s always
been,’’ Graves said Saturday. "We respect
Anquan’s abilities. We feel like he is one of the best
players in the National Football League. He’s certainly a
core player of ours. As we’ve stated publicly, we’d
like to extend him when the best window of opportunity
But Graves made it clear there is no urgency to get a new deal
done with Boldin, who still has two years left on his current deal.
"Right now, we have players whose contracts are due to
expire,’’ he said. "We have others with 1 year
left on their contract. Anquan has 2 years left on his contract. We
understand how he feels and we’re taking all of that into
consideration. And hopefully, we’ll address it over
So, now Drewie will do what Drewie does best -- persuade his
client to say as many nasty things as he can about his current employer
until they finally get fed up with him and agree to trade him. But that
probably won’t be for a while yet. So, you can stop
fantasizing about Boldin in midnight green until at least mid-April.
On another note, as obsessed as many of you are about the
Eagles getting the ever-popular "No. 1" wide
receiver, the news that the draft’s best pass-catcher,
Michael Crabtree, has a slight stress fracture in his left foot no
doubt has you wondering whether the injury, which is going to require
surgery and won’t allow him to run for scouts before the
draft, might cause him to slide down into the Eagles’
first-round neighborhood. Well, wonder no more. It won’t.
Crabtree, who measured at just 6-1 at the combine rather than
the 6-3 he was listed as, was expected to be a top 10 pick before the
discovery of the foot injury and still will be a top 10 pick, league
personnel people said. Last year, running back Jonathan Stewart had to
have surgery for the very same injury prior to the draft, and still was
selected with the 13th pick by the Carolina Panthers.
The discovery that he’s shorter than teams thought
also won’t have a negative effect on his draft stock because
he’s got long, long arms that offset those lost 2 inches.
Many people have compared Crabtree to Cardinals wide receiver
Larry Fitzgerald because of his amazing body control and ability to
catch the ball at its highest point.
"The Crabtree comparison to Fitzgerald is a very interesting
one," said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.
"When Fitzgerald came out, the people that didn’t like him
– and they probably won’t admit who they are right
now – but the people that didn’t like him said,
`Oh, he can’t run. He can’t separate.’
But his ball skills were so dominating. His ability to elevate and
catch was so great.
"The biggest different between Fitzgerald and Crabtree is
that Larry Fitzgerald was clean off the field. One hundred percent
clean. He was a smart kid. Crabtree has to prove he’s that.
Because with a top 10 pick, the worst thing you can do is throw it away
on a non-productive guy."