The news now out that the Cardinals will accept a 3rd round pick in a trade for Anquan Boldin. It was previously reported that they would not part with him for anything less than a 2nd round pick. It looks, however, that they have changed their mind.
Dropping the asking price to a 3rd round pick will certainly cause a scramble for Boldin’s services. He is still just 29 and keeps himself in excellent shape. There is a chance he could perform at a high level for around 4 more years. For those of you worried about his age, if the Chiefs aren’t contending by the time Boldin is 33 there will be plenty of other things to worry about besides the receivers age.Plus he won’t turn 30 until October, whereas Chambers will turn 32 in August.
I don’t want to make this a contest between Chambers and Boldin but if it is, the Chiefs should go with the younger receiver. The team is unlikely to find a receiver of Boldin’s caliber in the 3rd round. Is it possible? Sure. But it is a gamble and the Chiefs can no longer afford to gamble at the WR position.
Free agency begins at midnight tonight and the Chiefs have still not announced if they will resign WR Chris Chambers. They also have not announced their restricted free agent tenders so there is a chance they will release all the information at once. This may be a tactical move so that other teams do not know which of the Chiefs restricted and unrestricted free agents to target.
If the Chiefs can trade for Boldin and resign Chambers they will suddenly have a very strong, veteran core of WR’s to help Matt Cassel. It will also enable them to focus on other needs in the draft. Giving up a 3rd round pick for Boldin won’t seem so bad as they still have 3 picks in the first 51 choices.
Snagging Boldin would be a fantastic fit for KC as the receiver has already played in Todd Haley’s offensive system and could be an immediate contributor.
Chambers or no Chambers, the Chiefs should trade for Boldin immediately.