Written by: Eric Conway

Sorry Big Blue, but the Arizona Cardinals have pulled the trigger in a deal that will send WR Anquan Boldin and a 2010 fifth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for 2010 third and fourth-round picks.  According to league sources, Boldin has agreed to a new deal that adds three additional years to his current contract of $3 million in 2010.  The new deal is worth a maximum of $25 million for the final three years, with $10 million being guaranteed money.

“The Ravens just got better,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told the team’s official website.

I agree with Harbaugh. The Ravens have acquired a bonafide number one receiver in Boldin when most people thought the Ravens might toy with the idea of bringing in Terrell Owens.  Boldin is a much better option at this point in his career than T.O.  The Florida State product caught 84 passes for 1,024 yards last year for Arizona. Boldin has played much of his career being the number two option behind Larry Fitzgerald.  Boldin is only 29 years of age with plenty of productive years left in him.

The trade brings to an end a very dysfunctional relationship between the Cardinals and Boldin.  Both parties have had their discrepancies in the past over Boldin’s contract.  To me, I find the move significant for another reason.  The Cardinals have now lost another key component from their high flying offense with Kurt Warner announcing his retirement last month.  What moves will the Cardinals make moving forward with Matt Leinart now penciled in first on the depth chart at quarterback?  Will they add another receiver to complement Larry Fitzgerald, or will they now opt to rely on a strong running game to move the ball down the field?

I know Giant fans have had their eyes on Boldin for quite a while now, but there are still plenty of other available options for them moving ahead in what looks like is going to be a wild NFL offseason. The Giants need an impact wide receiver to complement Steve Smith. Maybe some will argue that Hakeem Nicks is the answer. However, in an un-capped year, anything can and will happen.

Did Giants fans have their hearts set on Boldin? What’s next for the team?

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