Reid suggested the price might have been first-, third- and fifth-round draft picks.
"That's a lot of picks, No. 1," Reid said. "And then you're going to pay the guy $10 million. So you get hit on both sides of it."
[...] Reid said he thought Arizona probably wasn't willing to part with Boldin. If the Cardinals were, a deal would have been struck.
"He's a pretty good player and he's still there," Reid said.
Yeah, the Cardinals aren't really expecting anyone to cough up a 1, a 3, and a 5 for Boldin. No disrespect intended, and I love Anquan Boldin, but they're not getting that much for him. The Patriots aren't going to call and offer them Tom Brady(notes) in exchange for Matt Leinart(notes), either, in case they were wondering.
I suspect that the Cardinals know this, but they go through with the charade anyway, just so they can turn to Boldin and say, "Hey, we tried to trade you. We couldn't get anything good. Shucks. Hey, I guess you might as well just stay here, huh?"
There's a long way to go before this little drama's played out.
- Anquan Boldin
- Andy Reid