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 comes.’’
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 time."
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."