One of the NFL’s annual rites of spring — in addition to the draft — is veteran wide receivers looking for new teams. And typically that’s just Chad Ochocinco.
But the biggest prizes in this year’s disenfranchised receiver sweepstakes are the Browns’ Braylon Edwards and the Cardinals’ Anquan Boldin. Newsday’s Bob Glauber says the two Gotham teams should make separate deals for the duo. Do the New York teams need everything? Don’t answer that.
The Giants have a huge need at receiver after releasing Plaxico Burress, who might have been the most valuable player on the team, and Edwards could fill that void — if he’s the 2007 Edwards and not the 2008 Edwards. Boldin would give the Jets a big-time receiver they have seemingly lacked since Keyshawn Johnson was traded to Tampa Bay.
So who’s in and who’s out?
- Giants QB Eli Manning is lobbying the team to trade for Edwards (via Newsday). However, Giants GM Jerry Reese said he doesn’t consider receiver a glaring team need.
- The Tennessean reports that the Titans haven’t had any discussion with the Cardinals about Boldin, but coach Jeff Fisher did say the team is always evaluating players. The Titans did sign former Steelers WR Nate Washington earlier this offseason to add a vertical passing threat.
- The Star-Tribune says the Vikings likely won’t be in the running for Boldin.
- Boldin still seeks resolution with the Cardinals, be it a new contract or a trade. Boldin told XTRA Sports 910 in Phoenix that he would be willing to stay in Arizona with the right deal (via Sports Radio Interviews):
- “You gotta understand this: Arizona is a place I call home. I came to Arizona when they were the laughingstock of the league. I said from Day 1 that I want to make Arizona a respectable program, similar to what I experienced in college – a winning program, one that was prideful, one that people had to respect any time they stepped on the field. And I think I’ve upheld my part … “
- The Raiders, who hold the No. 7 overall pick in the draft, are looking for receiving help, and our NFL.com experts project the team to take a wideout in the first round. However, the Raiders haven’t been linked to any trade discussions for Edwards or Boldin, despite having a pretty nice pick to dangle. Instead, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the team is expected to target veterans Amani Toomer or Marvin Harrison in free agency if they don’t secure a receiver in the draft.