Anquan Boldin to the Tennessee Titans? It ain’t happening, folks

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In a perfect world, the Tennessee Titans would be one of the eager teams bidding for the services of stud WR Anquan Boldin.

Boldin, who is upset about his contract situation, is being shopped by his current employer, the Arizona Cardinals. Last year’s NFL runner-ups are asking for a 1st and 3rd round draft pick in exchange for one of the game’s best receivers.

Despite Boldin’s availability, the chances of the Titans uncharacteristically spending lavishly to attain #81’s services are slim to say the least.

I’ll admit it: Boldin is one of my favorite players to watch in the NFL. Since arriving in the league as a rookie in 2003, Boldin has become one of the game’s best wide receivers. Unlike most wideouts who struggle during their first year, Boldin was the exception to the rule, amassing an impressive, 101 catches for 1,377 yards and 8 touchdowns as an NFL newbie.

Boldin isn’t your typical #1 WR. When catching the football, his objective isn’t just to run by or outquick the competition. Anquan is a running back trapped in a wide receiver’s body: his ability to seek and destroy opposing defenders is a testament to the physical nature of his style of football.

Ideally, the Titans would be Boldin’s next NFL employer. With Anquan in the fold, Mike Heimerdinger’s offense would finally have the #1 WR that’s been missing since Derrick Mason’s departure. Boldin’s personality and style of play would also be a perfect fit for the smash-mouth Titans.

Unfortunately, this pipe dream isn’t likely to become reality. For starters, the Titans value their high draft selections and despite Boldin’s availability, Mike Reinfeldt probably isn’t interested in sacrificing a 1st and 3rd rounder to secure #81.

Even if the Titans anteed up the draft pick compensation, they would still be faced with appeasing Boldin’s desire for a long and lucrative new contract. As the Albert Haynesworth situation indicated, the fiscally conservative Titans aren’t going to go beyond a certain limit for one player, regardless of his talent level.

Therefore, despite the alluring thoughts of Boldin joining the Titans, it would be wise to prepare ourselves to witness another team emerging as the winner of the Anquan Sweepstakes…  

Unfortunately.    

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5 Responses to “Anquan Boldin to the Tennessee Titans? It ain’t happening, folks”

  1. Bob Loblaw Says:

    Sad to say you are correct Drexel. Boldin turns 29 during the season, and has played 16 games twice in six years. The Titans won’t pay up because then Gage becomes a $3.5m/yr third receiver in an offense that throws the ball 25 times per game and has a solid receiving TE. Moreover, Boldin may not want to play for a team that isn’t committed to passing the ball and doesn’t have the QB situation solidified for the foreseeable future.
    In the Eyes of the Titans front office, Holt is a much better value. He’s four years older than Boldin, but even in light of last year, doesn’t have Boldin’s history of injuries. He’s a character guy like Boldin, though clearly not the downfield blocker that Anquan is. He’ll command half the salary, and a quarter of the guaranteed money that Boldin will. The kicker is that not only won’t he cost the Titans any draft picks, but he won’t count against compensatory selections next year because he was cut by the Rams. Zero chance they make a serious run at him.

  2. Morgan Says:

    I can’t see the Titans making a move for Boldin either. If he’s not my favorite WR in football he would have to be in the top 3. The guy has been a number two wideout for his entire career and hasn’t complained once, even though he has the talent to be number one on any team. He’ll run any route across the middle and hold onto the ball 99% of the time, with the exception of face breaking hits. We can only hope Washington, Gage, Hawkins, and the 2nd to 3rd rounder they will most likly draft will step up.

  3. Matt Says:

    What about Edwards? Are the chances better now that it looks like Holt is headed for Jacksonville? What about Marvin H. or Amani Toomer? I would really rather they not use the 30th pick on a wideout.

  4. Drexel Perry Says:

    Matt,
    Like Boldin, Edwards is probably going to command high draft-pick compensation in return for his services. Which means that I doubt if the Titans are willing to pay such a price.
    As for Marvin H. and Amani Toomer, they are aging and at this point of their careers, I’m not sure if the Titans are interested in bringing either of them in.
    Thanks for commenting, guys.

  5. Predsfan86 Says:

    I’m tired of when i do a google search your stupid blog pops up. The titans biggest need is at wide out. This draft is weak at the position. Finally the GM of the titans came out yesterday and indicated they are talking to teams about their wide outs. So I could see the titans make this deal. When you are as close as they are you have to pull the trigger to improve your roster. As far as haynesworth, he had a good year and got paid for it. I dont think boldin is looking for albert type money. The defense is not getting any younger, the o line hasn’t been as strong, and the running game hasn’t been more complete than it has been in some time. All signs should point to a deal like this. My concern is however, they get a sense of ignorance and say “we don’t need him, our guys are good”. That is what I worry about the most. If the cards want a 1,3, I would give them a 1,2,and next years 2nd. That way it sends a hardcore message that we want to compete. The only reason the is a “run first” type team is because the receivers never scared anyone. I would not rule out the possibility of this trade.

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