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Could Giants make play for Boldin?

New York Daily News columnist Gary Myers suggested earlier this week that Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin would be a nice fit to replace Plaxico Burress with the Giants: He has two years remaining on his four-year $22.75 million deal that pays him $2.75 million and $3 million in the next two seasons. He said over the summer the Cardinals lied to him about upgrading his money, which could lead to an offseason showdown and a potential trade. Boldin didn't want to talk about the offseason as he prepared for the Super Bowl in Tampa. "I'm here to win a Super Bowl," Boldin said, according to Myers. "Thinking about what somebody else needs and what somebody else wants doesn't help me at all. I'm here to win a Super Bowl and that's it." Earlier this week, NFL.com reported that Larry Fitzgerald would be willing to take a pay cut to keep Boldin. But according to The Arizona Republic, cap space is not the issue for the Cardinals. The issue is more about money and specifically the guaranteed portion of a potential new contract for Boldin. Don't rule out Boldin returning to the Cardinals. “I know this has been an emotional period,” Cardinals GM Rod Graves told Yahoo Sports. “I don’t want to get too far ahead of the process. We’re looking forward to getting together with Anquan after the season and trying to work something out. We’ve always said he was a core member of our football team, and we are committed to keeping our core players together. I’m hopeful we can do that at some place that makes sense for all of us.” As far as trades are concerned, Roy Williams netted the Lions a first-, third- and fifth-round pick from the Cowboys during the season. Boldin is a better receiver than Williams, but the Lions also seemed to find a perfect fit that allowed them to maximize their player's value. While teams would undoubtedly be interested in Boldin, there's no guarantee that Arizona would be able to pull off a similar deal. Note: If you're looking for excerpts from Joe Banner's Comcast SportsNet interview, click here.

Could Giants make play for Boldin?

New York Daily News columnist Gary Myers suggested earlier this week that Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin would be a nice fit to replace Plaxico Burress with the Giants:

He has two years remaining on his four-year $22.75 million deal that pays him $2.75 million and $3 million in the next two seasons. He said over the summer the Cardinals lied to him about upgrading his money, which could lead to an offseason showdown and a potential trade.

Boldin didn't want to talk about the offseason as he prepared for the Super Bowl in Tampa.

"I'm here to win a Super Bowl," Boldin said, according to Myers. "Thinking about what somebody else needs and what somebody else wants doesn't help me at all. I'm here to win a Super Bowl and that's it."

Earlier this week, NFL.com reported that Larry Fitzgerald would be willing to take a pay cut to keep Boldin. But according to The Arizona Republic, cap space is not the issue for the Cardinals. The issue is more about money and specifically the guaranteed portion of a potential new contract for Boldin.

Don't rule out Boldin returning to the Cardinals.

“I know this has been an emotional period,” Cardinals GM Rod Graves told Yahoo Sports. “I don’t want to get too far ahead of the process. We’re looking forward to getting together with Anquan after the season and trying to work something out. We’ve always said he was a core member of our football team, and we are committed to keeping our core players together. I’m hopeful we can do that at some place that makes sense for all of us.”

As far as trades are concerned, Roy Williams netted the Lions a first-, third- and fifth-round pick from the Cowboys during the season. Boldin is a better receiver than Williams, but the Lions also seemed to find a perfect fit that allowed them to maximize their player's value. While teams would undoubtedly be interested in Boldin, there's no guarantee that Arizona would be able to pull off a similar deal.

Note: If you're looking for excerpts from Joe Banner's Comcast SportsNet interview, click here.

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