Wide receiver Anquan Boldin is in town tonight with the Arizona Cardinals, having already cited irreconcilable differences with his current employer.
Raiders wide receivers, during training camp anyway, look if they couldn’t catch a Nerf ball with Velcro gloves.
During Wednesday’s on-line chat, there was a lot of questions regarding the viability of Boldin becoming a Raider.
Let’s set aside the financial and salary cap issues, which are daunting. Boldin has no desire to play under his current contract, which pays him $2.5 million this year. He essentially wants the money Javon Walker got, only more.
Unless Walker makes another offer to retire and give back his bonus, he stays. Even if he were to leave, it would take awhile to straighten out the whole give-back scenario between the union and management.
So your financial roster is instantly thrown out of whack paying two receivers the kind of money which only one should get for fiscal sanity.
But the Raiders contention has always been that the cap will never be an impediment to bringing in a great player, and let’s assume they think Boldin is a great receiver.
The Cardinals are going to want a lot in return. They’d ask for the Raiders No. 1 pick and a front line player. The Raiders would probably counter with a second- or third-round pick and a player.
Take a look at the Cardinals roster and the guess is they’ll be looking to replace Edgerrin James soon at running back, with J.J. Arrington as the current backup.
Justin Fargas just got a $6 million signing bonus, so there are acceleration issues which could complicate matters. Besides, the Cardinals aren’t going to want Fargas, and they won’t get Darren McFadden.
They’ll be asking about Michael Bush.
First-round talent for the salary of a fourth-round pick. A run-and-catch power back.
While watching practice the other day, I had this conversation with Raiders announcer Greg Papa. I got the impression Greg wouldn’t do it.