The rhetoric for a possible contract extension for Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin has become more amicable — but the same can’t be said about the talks between the team and defensive tackle Darnell Dockett.
Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, who was at the NFL Spring Meetings, said Wednesday, “We’ve worked hard at getting Anquan Boldin extended and we’ll continue to do those things.”
Boldin’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said that even though Boldin is still open to be traded, a deal can be reached.
“We can work out a deal with the Cardinals and we have put forth an offer to them,” Rosenhaus said.
Regarding that offer, Rosenhaus said he has made a proposal for a deal that would average less than $10 million a year and that the numbers are “consistent with the top receivers in the game. Not the highest paid but it’s consistent with the top guys.”
Boldin, a Pro Bowler, has two years and $5.75 million left on his contract and has been outspoken about getting a new deal or being dealt for months.
As for Dockett, it doesn’t appear as if any movement toward his demands for a new contract will happen anytime soon. That might prompt a trade demand.
“We’ve made a proposal to the Cardinals for Darnell and if that’s something they’re not interested in doing with him being one of the top defensive tackles, then he would like for them to look at trades as well,” said Rosenhaus, who also represents Dockett.
Said Bidwill: “In terms of Darnell, we don’t have any plans there.”
Dockett has three years left and $11.25 million remaining on his contract. Bidwill emphasized that getting new contracts or extensions for quarterback Kurt Warner, linebacker Karlos Dansby, safety Adrian Wilson and Boldin are priorities. Dockett, from the team’s perspective, is going to have to wait.
Boldin and Dockett have not taken part in voluntary workouts and both said they were hurt and could not participate in a mandatory mini-camp early this month.
– Steve Wyche