Is Miami Looking At Boldin?

The name “Boldin” alone makes many Miami Dolphins fans begin to bristle.  When the name is rumored to be connected with the Dolphins and is followed by “trade”, those same fans begin to get giddy like an 5 year old on Christmas eve.  So what can be taken from the “rumors” that Boldin is in fact on the trade block and are the Phins really interested in him?

While it’s hard to say, lets start with a couple of the rumors.  It was reported last week on a Miami Dolphins forum that Anquan Boldin‘s name was mentioned on a radio show in Arizona that had the Cardinals in talks with the Phins about moving the stud WR.  It was also “posted” elsewhere that Miami was a possible landing spot for Boldin.  I also received a message on my Facebook page that Boldin would be a Dolphin by the end of this week.  A “Bold” prediction they told me.  That person is the writer for the Fan-Sided Networks’ RaisingZona site.  Something he has yet to publish on his own site.  So why would I bring it up here?

Hear it once and you dismiss it. Hear it twice and you start to think.  The 3rd time you wonder if where there is smoke there is fire.  Now, it seems that the blogosphere are not the only ones thinking that Boldin may join the Phins, or for that matter are at the very least pondering the possibilities.

The Palm Beach Post is asking its readers if the Dolphins should make a play.  Both the Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald have also written about the subject.  Could there be any reality to the issue without getting hopes up?  In short…sure, why not?

The Dolphins possess a need at WR in two forms.  One a guy who can get off the line, is physically tough, and a legit threat every time he touches the ball.  In other words, a true number 1 WR.  Number 2, they lack any form of veteran leadership on the team at that position.  Tony Sparano says WR is a luxury right now and to a degree he would be right.  Still, the need factor is a gray area that can easily be hidden behind smoke and mirrors.

The cost is an issue of course.  Both the new contract that Boldin would want plus the compensation that the Cardinals would receive.  The contract you can’t do much about.  He wants to get paid and someone will whether he gets traded, franchised next year, re-signed, or hits the free agent market.  The cost of the trade…maybe that won’t be as expensive as some believe.  

Consider that most “NFL experts” believe that the cost of a trade could be something on the line of a 1st (25th) and a 3rd…possibly more.  We all know that Bill Parcells values draft picks and have more needs than just WR.  So would they truly give up a 1 and a 3 for Boldin?  Not likely.  In fact, I think that they could get him for a 2nd round pick this year and a pick next year or a player instead of that 2010 pick.  The Cardinals could use a WR to replace Boldin and the Phins have a few that could help the Cards add some youth.  

The Phins also have a defender or two that could be thrown over to AZ or a center who appears to be without a job right now…Satele.  No, I’m not speculating on value here but rather the fact that there are options that would not tie the Phins to multiple draft picks.  With each day that goes by and Boldin is a Cardinal, the asking price will eventually come down a bit.  

The reasons for the Phins not making a trade are a bit more numerous but the real reason is the same as those that the team might find intriguing.  Money and compensation.  If the Cardinals hold on to a 1 and a 3 comp demand, the Phins will likely bow out before it ever gets started.  If they can’t or will not be allowed to work out a new deal with Boldin prior to a trade, they may find themselves dealing with the same situation that the Cards are now.  The Phins won’t likely make a play unless a new deal can be done.

The Cardinals would be smart not to move Boldin until either the night before the draft or during the draft.  Once the draft is over, the demand will decrease until training camps open and injuries begin to occur. 

For now, there is nothing concrete and in fact the rumors themselves are rather thin.  In fact, they are rather anorexic.  Is Miami looking at Boldin?  I don’t think even Boldin knows that right now.

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  • Matt

    trade Ginn and Satele for Boldin and a 5th

  • Brian Miller


  • Patrik

    I’d happily send Satele and 2nd. But I truly believe that with a number one receiver like Anquan Boldin, Ted Ginn would become a very dangerous receiver. Plus, I liked what I saw out of Ted against New York in the finale as well as down the stretch. I’d like to see what Teddy can do, his speed is too good to let go.

    That being said, I’d rather try to get Drew Rosenhaus to create a scene and spring Andre Johnson from Houston. Andre’s a Miami boy.

  • FearTheBuzzsaw

    As a Cards fan – there is no way you are getting Anquan for Ginn and Satele. That’s wishful thinking.
    How about Quan for Sticky Ricky and a pick? We could use a back.

  • Brian Miller

    I would definitely give you Ricky!

  • jordy

    personally, i think we should pursue a wide receiver– it is a number one priority. however, i am not sure i would want boldin because his agent is a fuc*ing idiot (drew rosenhaus). the dolphins don’t need a distraction like him.

    just my opinion.

    jordan jones
    birmingham, england

  • Todd

    Zona needs a center and a pass rush specialist.  Let them eat Joeys contract and take Satele.  LOL.  And we’ll give them 2 of our 7ths.

  • Todd

    Satele would be great for AZ because he will only cost them about $500k for the next 2 years… plus he would free up a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick that Zona would probably be using to draft a center.

  • Rob H.

    I would love to have Boldin, or a player like him ( draft ) on our team. But at what cost? And would Boldin be as good as he is now without Fitz.? if we could get him with a 2nd and 5th or satele and 3rd, or 5th then maybe, otherwise I say we just draft a big fast WR with great hands in the first two rounds of the Draft. but if you could pair Boldin with Ginn HOLY CRAP would that be awesome. Ginn is very fast and has been double covered since he’s been with us, so I don’t think he’s been a bust yet, he just hasn’t had the oppotunity to shine, and the QB to get him the ball deep.

  • Todd

    The combination of putting speedy Ginn in the slot with  Boldin and Brian Robiskie could be awesome.

  • Rob H.

    I totally agree Todd, that would be AWESOME. .. that could be one of, or the most explosive WR trio’s in the league. Imagine  those three with R. Brown still running the ball, you couldn’t touch that.

  • Nick

    I just don’t see Boldin in a Dolphins uniform. I think it would be a great pick up. We would have Ginn,bess, and Boldin as the starters. But if we traded for him his contract would have to be restructered and I don’t see Parcells and company paying him the kind of money he wants. They rather build through the draft just like we should.

  • Rob H.

    yeah me neither, it was just wishful thinking. We haven’t had a pair of awesome receivers since the marks brothers, Duper and Clayton. Hopefully we draft one with one of the first three picks though, unless Sparano see’s something in Bess or London.