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Boldin's exit could hurt Cardinals' morale

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

The odds remain strong that Anquan Boldin's days with the Cardinals are numbered. "He'll be 30 years old (in October), he's been injured a lot and he hasn't been as productive the last two years," said one team insider of the mounting evidence suggesting that the team will try hard to deal the former face of the franchise. "In addition, (WR Steve) Breaston has breakaway speed that Anquan doesn't have, and Early Doucet finally showed late in the year that he could be an effective No. 3 receiver." All that said, though, there would be a major downside should Boldin split the scene — the negative effect his departure would have on a locker room with more than a few players who, like Boldin, have major contract concerns. "He still commands tremendous respect, and his influence would be missed," the insider said. "The perception that the Cardinals were too cheap to take care of him, among players like Darnell Dockett, is something the team would be forced to deal with."

 

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