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Boldin: Heading East?

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Updated Oct. 06, 2010 @ 7:26 p.m.
By Eric Edholm

Got off the phone with someone who thought Anquan Boldin was going nowhere a week ago but now thinks the wide receiver is as good as gone, considering the Cardinals appear to be marking down their price.

Now, it appears it will take a choice second-rounder plus a sweetener to get Boldin in a trade. The teams most interested in one are the usual suspects -- the Eagles and Giants -- plus the Jets and at least one other team, from what I am hearing. Interestingly, one person who will be active on Draft Day speculated that the Jaguars might regret signing Torry Holt after hearing this news, but the Jags didn't appear to be huge players for Boldin in the first place.

The Giants have two second-rounders -- Nos. 45 and 60 -- and plenty of other picks with which to work.

The Eagles have one second -- No. 53 -- and four (four!) fifth-rounders.

The Jets are one spot ahead of the Eagles at 52 but are a little thin in the extra-pick department with four after that point.

As it appears to me, the Giants stand to lose the most. If one of the above teams gets Boldin, they either watch him go to a division rival or a city rival, with whom they share the back page of the papers. Now, that's not to say that the Giants can't make it up elsewhere -- they have tons of picks to deal, perhaps even a veteran not named Mathias Kiwanuka (or so Jerry Reese says).

If the Cardinals wanted to keep Boldin, they would not have dropped their price tag. A week ago they were window shopping; now they are real sellers. One of these teams (or perhaps another) will land Boldin in the next 25 hours or so.

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