Don’t look for there to be many or any for that matter Christmas cards to be traded between Cards coach Ken Whisenhunt and wide receiver Anquan Boldin in 2008. NFL Network’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the star Cardinal WR and his coach are not on speaking terms at this point, this over what Boldin feels was Whisenhunt getting unnecessarily involved in negotiations as Boldin seeks a new deal.
“At this point we have no relationship, and I don’t see that changing,” Boldin told NFL Network. “It’s just gotten to a point where I think lines were crossed. If you ask me, coaches should be coaches, management should be management, and I don’t think those lines should be crossed. But when you cross those lines, you put yourself in position for things like this to happen.”
It’s no secret that Boldin is looking for a fat deal from the Cards, a team that just gave fellow WR Larry Fitzgerald a four-year deal worth $40 million just a few months back. Boldin has three years left on a contract extension that Arizona awarded him after his second season in the league. It is scheduled to pay him $2.5 million this season. Boldin has already said that he won’t re-sign with the Cards when his deal is up no matter what.
“Well, here we are a year later and still no new deal. The deals they put on the table were slaps in the face as opposed to deals that would take care of me. For me, it’s an uncomfortable situaton. I feel lied to by the organizaiton. It’s hard for them to ask me to give me my all when it hasn’t been reciprocated.”
It will be interesting to see how high the tensions get between Boldin and the team. There has been a lot of talk about teams wanting to get in the mix if the Cards would be willing to trade Boldin, but the team has been staunch is saying it won’t happen. “As long as I’m here, I can’t see myself as a happy member of this organization at all, not with this situation being what it is. I don’t see it being rectified, either. The relationship with me and the organization is done. I’m here to uphold my contract, that’s it.”
Looks like from the sounds of it, there won’t be much love between Boldin and the team for the next three years – if he’s in Arizona for all three that is.