It’s common knowledge that Arizona Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin wants a new deal. Fellow WR Larry Fitzgerald, who is equally as productive as Boldin, just got a four-year, $40 million deal with $30 million guaranteed.
Boldin is scheduled to make $2.5 million in base salary this season, $2.75 million in base salary in 2009 and $3 million in base salary in 2010. In other words, not even close to what Fitzgerald is getting.
It hasn’t been a real problem until now, with Boldin hinting that he might hold out of training camp.
When asked if he would be a no-show at training camp:
"I honestly can’t say at this point," Boldin said in a text message.
With fines of $15,000 a day, it’s unlikely that Boldin would stay away. And the Cardinals have said publicly that they want to upgrade Boldin’s contract, but it’s the Cardinals we are talking about. If they paid Boldin in Fitzgerald-type money, they would have way too much money tied up in wide receivers.
"We stand by what we have always said, which is that Anquan is a key member of our core group," general manager Rod Graves said. "We believe we are building something special, and we’re counting on the core players to achieve those goals."
Stay tuned, I have a feeling the Cardinals will find a way to screw this up.