Cardinals not closing book on Boldin
The Arizona Cardinals, who face the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday's NFC Championship game, haven't given up on keeping Anquan Boldin for the long haul.
"We'll sit down at some point after the season and address his situation," general manager Rod Graves told the East Valley
The Cardinals offered Boldin a deal last year believed to be worth about half of fellow receiver Larry Fitzgerald's four-year, $40 million deal (with $30 million guaranteed), but Boldin rejected it.
Boldin and his agent at various times have said he wants to play out his contract, which has two more years to run, and leave the Cardinals or be traded.
In light of those statements, Graves was uncertain of the prospects of being able to retain Boldin.
"At this point, we haven't had any communication with them," said Graves. "I don't know how adamant he's feeling at this point. All I know is he's a great competitor. We recognize him as a core player for us and important in terms of our success."
Any deal with Boldin would be done "within the framework of keeping our team strong," Graves said.
The man who ranks 11th on the career rushing list was benched halfway through the season in favor of rookie Tim Hightower. But it didn't do much to help Arizona's woeful ground game. The Cardinals finished last in the league in rushing.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt brought James back in the regular-season finale against Seattle. James rushed for 100 yards that day and has been solid, if not spectacular, since.
Whisenhunt said switching to Hightower gave the team the best chance to win. He said that the team would need James somewhere down the road. James wasn't sure that was true.
"I just sat there and waited," he said. "I didn't know when I was getting in the game. I just made sure I went out and continued to practice and do what I've always done and not let whatever is going on take you from the type of player or person you are."