Boldin’s fantasy value will fall if Cardinals trade him

If the Cardinals want to keep Pro Bowl WR Anquan Boldin, they sure have a funny way of showing it.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters today that the team will listen to trade inquiries about Boldin, and general manager Rod Graves added that it was “prudent to listen to all offers.”

Evidently that Super Bowl experience scared the Cardinals straight as they are now looking to be, well, the Cardinals again. They must be taking employee-relations advice from Josh McDaniels.

Hopefully, Graves is like most of the fantasy owners I tried to pry Boldin away from during this last fantasy season. They were reluctant to give up on Boldin even when he was sitting out with a broken face. And I was even offering a couple of free rounds at the Shore House on Pacific Coast Highway and still couldn’t get him.

The Cardinals should be just as prudent. Besides, Boldin is under contract for two years. Go ahead and hit “ignore” on your cell phone and let it go to voicemail when you see that call coming in from the Giants. Or the Eagles. Or the Bears.

And please, tell me that the Cardinals are smart enough not to trade Boldin to another NFC team.

Now some of you might think that Boldin would flourish as the No. 1 receiver for another team. Don’t believe that. He’s already the No. 5 fantasy receiver. How much further could he go up the charts?

No. 1 receiver or not, Boldin’s best chance for fantasy success is with the Cardinals, a team that uses short passes as a substitute for a running game (Arizona ranked last in rushing attempts in 2008). He’s catching passes from a future Hall of Fame quarterback, Kurt Warner, and posted 11 touchdowns in 11 games while being a so-called No. 2 receiver. The only possible landing spot where Boldin could expect to experience the same amount of success would be in Indianapolis. And that’s not happening.

Assuming that the Cardinals don’t trade him in the NFC, some possible AFC locations would be in Miami or Jacksonville. Maybe Boldin should ask Alvin Harper how his move to Florida helped him.

The best possible solution for the Cardinals and fantasy footballers is for Boldin to stay in Arizona.

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