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Boldin not expecting return to Ariz.

As it turns out, blogging in the offseason provides even more material than the actual games. What do I mean? Yesterday we discussed comments made by T.J. Houshmandzadeh during an ESPN 950 interview. And today, it is Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who told ESPN's Rachel Nichols that his chances of returning to Arizona are "very slim." Boldin has been voicing his displeasure about wanting a new contract for some time now. "We've been talking to them for two years, and they still haven't made anything happen," Boldin told USA Today. He added that the squabble is not about money and said his relationship with the Cardinals is beyond repair. "I don't think the relationship can be repaired with the organization," Boldin told the paper. "It takes more than, 'Well, we did you wrong and we'll pay you this.' It's not about the money. It was always about the principle. Guys being true to their word. I guess I was expected to uphold my end of the bargain, and it wasn't reciprocated." It's important to note that Boldin's situation is different than Houshmandzadeh's. Boldin is under contract for two more years with the Cardinals. Houshmandzadeh is a free agent. Boldin would not say definitively whether he'd ask for a trade. But guess who his agent is -- Drew Rosenhaus. "I'll deal with my agent and see what we have to do," Boldin said. "But my feelings won't change." Larry Fitzgerald and Kurt Warner have spoken out, saying the team needs to bring Boldin back. Fitzgerald was rewarded with a four-year, $40 million deal before last season. At 28 years old, Boldin has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark four times in six seasons. In 2008, he caught 89 balls for 1,038 yards and 11 touchdowns, despite missing four games.

Boldin not expecting return to Ariz.

As it turns out, blogging in the offseason provides even more material than the actual games.

What do I mean?

Yesterday we discussed comments made by T.J. Houshmandzadeh during an ESPN 950 interview.

And today, it is Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who told ESPN's Rachel Nichols that his chances of returning to Arizona are "very slim."

Boldin has been voicing his displeasure about wanting a new contract for some time now.

"We've been talking to them for two years, and they still haven't made anything happen," Boldin told USA Today.

He added that the squabble is not about money and said his relationship with the Cardinals is beyond repair.

"I don't think the relationship can be repaired with the organization," Boldin told the paper. "It takes more than, 'Well, we did you wrong and we'll pay you this.' It's not about the money. It was always about the principle. Guys being true to their word. I guess I was expected to uphold my end of the bargain, and it wasn't reciprocated."

It's important to note that Boldin's situation is different than Houshmandzadeh's. Boldin is under contract for two more years with the Cardinals. Houshmandzadeh is a free agent.

Boldin would not say definitively whether he'd ask for a trade. But guess who his agent is -- Drew Rosenhaus.

"I'll deal with my agent and see what we have to do," Boldin said. "But my feelings won't change."

Larry Fitzgerald and Kurt Warner have spoken out, saying the team needs to bring Boldin back. Fitzgerald was rewarded with a four-year, $40 million deal before last season.

At 28 years old, Boldin has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark four times in six seasons. In 2008, he caught 89 balls for 1,038 yards and 11 touchdowns, despite missing four games.

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