Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin was inactive for today's game with an injury. And although he's a three-time Pro Bowl receiver, it's fair to say he wouldn't have been able to change the outcome of the Cardinals 45-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He doesn't, after all, play on defense.
After the game, Boldin seemed resigned to the fact that he'll be a Cardinal next season, since he's under contract through the 2010 season.
"I can't do anything one way or the other," Boldin told the Miami Herald. "I go to them and request a trade, it don't matter. I'm under contract for another year. So no matter what I say or do, that won't change anything. I'm under contract for another year. So whatever happens, it depends on what the Cardinals want to do."
But the reality is, the Cardinals may be ready to move Boldin. They have their $40 million man, Larry Fitzgerald, and they have watched the emergence of Steve Breaston and, more recently, Early Doucet.
The Bears obviously could use a No. 1 receiver, and Boldin certainly would fit the bill. In fact, he'd be a nice complement to Devin Hester and Devin Aromashodu. Boldin, who turns 30 next October, definitely has a few quality seasons left in him, and he's the sort of active and reliable receiver who could become a safety blanket for quarterback Jay Cutler.
But the question is what the Bears could give the Cardinals in return.
Even if they had a first-round pick, the Bears certainly wouldn't give one up for Boldin, especially since he'll also require a new contract.
But would the Cardinals bite on the third-round pick?
Or, would the Cardinals be interested in a player?
The problem is, the Bears aren't exactly rich at any position.
Given the significance of the 2010 season, though, I fully expect the Bears to pursue a veteran receiver. Another option, albeit a risky one, is Antonio Bryant. He's very, very talented, but he's had to defend his actions throughout his career.
Bryant, though, made nearly $10 million last season, which means he'll have to take a significant pay cut no matter where he goes.
* Would the Bears be willing to wrest Brandon Marshall, who clearly has issues with head coach Josh McDaniels, from the Denver Broncos? Certainly, that would please Cutler.
* Would the Bears take a risk on Terrell Owens, who had inconsistent quarterback play in Buffalo?
* Maybe Derrick Mason of the Baltimore Ravens could give them a quality season or two?
This may not be overwhelming, folks, but that's the reality of the market.