Finally, some off-field goings on about the Arizona Cardinals that doesn't involve Matt Leinart, Nick Lachey, a beer bong, and a hot tub full of 19-year-olds.
In less scandalous news, wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who had been in talks with the team about a new contract, has decided that it's much less frustrating to just beat himself in the face with a tire iron, play out his current deal, and get the hell out of the Valley of the Sun.
Apparently, Boldin feels team officials deceived him by not re-working his current deal prior to the start of the season. And, consequently, the Cardinals front office is now dead to him.
"At this point, I'm not even interested in a contract," said Boldin. "For me, it's been going on two years, and especially after last year, I was promised a deal would get done before the season. But the season's here and obviously that hasn't happened.The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers writes that Boldin's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, met with general manager Rod Graves and head coach Ken Whisenhunt just prior to Boldin's comments, so there's still a chance something can be worked out.
"I don't want a deal. People may think I'm being funny or saying that just to say it. But, for me, I'm just tired of it. Washed my hands of the whole situation. My agent has direct orders not to negotiate. So that's how I feel about it."
Boldin has three years and $12 million left on his current contract -- an extension he signed prior to the 2005 season. And just in case you're wondering, Boldin's not bucking for a promotion because teammate Larry Fitzgerald just signed a four-year, $40 deal earlier this offseason -- he just thinks he's earned more dough.
He's probably right -- even though his contract was reworked three years ago -- but the Cards claim to have no salary cap space, which means unless Boldin's willing to wait, he won't be getting a new deal until next spring. Or, if he's true to his word, 2011, when his current contract expires and he signs elsewhere.
I suspect this news will prompt Dan Snyder to make a "hey, who's up for another 'T.J. Duckett', you know, just for insurance?" deal for Boldin, the Cards will be happy with their two first-round picks, and the Redskins will be happy with their new receiver. Everybody wins.