Free Agency – Week One

Perhaps the biggest story at the moment is that while Kurt Warner has expressed that he wants to stay in Arizona, the 2-year, $20 million alleged offer is a little lower than he would like, having expressed that he has felt underpaid in the past few years in Arizona.

J.J Arrington has signed a 4-year contract with the Denver Broncos.  All I can say is be careful.  We all know what happens to Broncos’ RBs.  Defensive end Antonio Smith will also likely be leaving, having meetings in Houston and Philadelphia. 

Arrington’s departure surprises me a little, but since the Bidwells are so damn cheap, it really wouldn’t surprise me to see other players leave, even Warner.

What’s up with Boldin?

Here’s a nice little article I found in the East Valley Tribune – a two-sided “answer” to the Boldin dilemma.

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.

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They both have good points, particularly regarding Rosenhaus.  Agents are what is wrong with professional sports today, in my never-to-be-humble opinion.  Compounding the issue, however, is the aforementioned frugality of the Bidwells who, I believe, won’t back down for the sheer “prize” of getting the last word.  If they want to ruin their team, by all means who am I to say anything?