The icy rift between the Cardinals and star WR Anquan Boldin has yet to thaw in the Hawaiian sun.
The Pro Bowler told USA Today it seems unlikely that he and the organization will ever be on the same page. Boldin said it’s about more than money, it’s about respect.
- “I don’t think the relationship can be repaired with the organization. It takes more than, ‘Well, we did you wrong and we’ll pay you this.’ It’s not about the money. It was always about the principle. Guys being true to their word. I guess I was expected to uphold my end of the bargain, and it wasn’t reciprocated.”
Boldin still has two years left on his current deal with the Cardinals, a four-year, $22.75 million deal he signed after the 2005 season. The deal paid him about $4 million this season, and he’s due to make $2.75 million and $3 million the next two seasons, according to USA Today.
Boldin’s teammate and fellow Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald said he would consider restructuring his deal to keep Boldin with the team. Fitzgerald signed a four-year, $40 million contract after the 2007 season.
Boldin earned his third Pro Bowl nod after catching 89 passes for 1,038 yards with 11 touchdowns in just 12 regular season games. He missed two games after a facial injury suffered Sept. 28 following a nasty hit that required seven titanium facial plates and 40 titanium screws. He missed the final two games of the regular season with a shoulder injury, and he sat out the Cardinals’ 33-13 divisional-round win over the Carolina Panthers with a hamstring injury.
Boldin caught eight passes for 84 yards in Arizona’s loss to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLIII and finished the postseason with 14 catches for 190 yards and one touchdown.