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And this might be crazy on my part, but I'm going to go ahead and speculate that an NFL team, just days before the draft, might be telling a little bit of a fib. It would be unprecedented, I know, but there's a first time for everything.

From AZcentral.com, here's what Cardinals GM Rod Graves had to say about the ongoing Anquan "trade" process:

"Quite a few teams have called but we have no offers," Graves said. "Anything can evolve from this point through draft day."

No offers? That might technically be true, if he's answering the phone by saying, "Hello, this is Rod Graves, general manager of the Arizona Cardinals, and if you're calling in regard to Anquan Boldin, we won't be accepting anything less than a third and a first, so how can I help you?"

If that's the case, then maybe it's true that they've gotten no offers. But outside of that, I don't see how it's possible. There have to be a lot of teams out there interested in 'Quan's services, and I'd find it difficult to believe that no one has even taken a shot yet.

What I might believe, though, is that Rod Graves is trying to downplay the amount of interest he's getting in Anquan Boldin, for one of two reasons: 1) to subtly send the message to Boldin that there's not a ton of interest in him, hopefully increasing the chances that he'll accept a long-term deal to stay in Arizona, or 2) so that Graves, after setting the price for Boldin so steep that he knows no one will meet it, can honestly say to Anquan, "Hey, we tried to trade you, but it didn't work out," the next time they make a run at trying to re-sign him.

If I'm wrong, I guess we'll find out this weekend when/if a trade is announced. I'd bet against that happening, though. I see the Cardinals trying to do everything they can to keep 'Quan in the desert, whether he likes it or not.

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