Facing the Facts: Where Will Anquan Boldin Really Go?

By PFC Colts Writer Josh Dhani

A lot of talk has been going around about Anquan Boldin and where he will end up this season. There have been several online reports that are saying that the Baltimore Ravens have the best chance of getting him but do they really?

I agree that the Ravens do have a good shot of getting Boldin,  but there are several teams out there that can also be in the market for Boldin.  I don’t know if the Ravens will get Boldin, but it is better than wasting a pick in the first round with a  receiver who may turn out to be the next Charles Rogers. I will label all the teams that have a chance for Boldin. Some of them are listed above but I left out one.
So who will get Boldin? A sweepstakes helped me, and hey, it is still going on. When does it end? Never, until someone gets him, so let’s go!

Indianapolis Colts

Well I am a Colts fan, aren’t I? Well I didn’t pick Boldin to the Indianapolis Colts just because I am a Colts fan. I picked this team because they actually need him. Quite a while ago, the Colts released Marvin Harrison because of his age and his contract ad this team still to date has no filled that void.

Now the Colts really need a receiver. I said, in my mock draft with Mitchell Timp, that the Colts will get Ramses Barden. Bad idea. Not the typical player in that round. But he is a steal but I say, like Isaac Barrow, he will be in the second-through-third round of the draft.

Now the Colts have no receiver to replace Harrison. Who will, though? One answer: Anquan Boldin. If the Colts can trade some of their draft picks and probably some player, (Not exactly sure who it will be…Roy Hall? I don’t know!) they can actually get the player who had a fight with his offensive coordinator.

But the possibility of the Colts trading to acquire Boldin is very slim. They either look to get Hakeem Nicks as the 28th pick in the draft if he is still available. But hey, a Colts fan can dream.

Baltimore Ravens

Well the Ravens do have the best chance of getting Boldin because there current number 1 wideout Derrick Mason is getting up there in age and has been battling several injuries the past few seasons. Mason is a reliable receiver who could retire in two to three years so the Ravens need to be thinking about the future and Boldin is a franchise wideout.

The Ravens could trade their first- or third-round picks for Boldin. With Boldin in the mix for the Ravens, and a possible chance of Barden in the third- or fourth-round of the draft, it could happen.

Minnesota Vikings

So the Vikings last best receiver (This is what I think. No disrespect to the Vikings fans and the receivers for the team) has been Randy Moss who has been with them from 1998-2004. Then there was Cris Carter.

Now there is Bernard Berrian.

I know there is some other receivers for the team that are good such as, Sidney Rice and Bobby Wade, but those guys are developing into good receivers but I don’t think they can be legitimate number 1 or two wideouts alongside Berrian.

But then there is Anquan Boldin…

If the Vikings could trade someone, or a draft pick (but more of a draft pick), they could get Boldin. Boldin wants money and the Vikings can compensate.

Miami Dolphins

I have been hearing rumors that Dolphins could get Boldin in one of my series of Big Sports News. I believe it. The Dolphins have their quarterback in Chad Pennington, who I think won Comeback Player of the Year (What is that? Like 30 of them already?), and Pennington is looking for a receiver.

The Dolphins do have Ted Ginn Jr., Ernest Wilford (Who really didn’t play last year), Greg Camarillo, and Davone Bess. But Camarillo and Bess are developing. The Dolphins could trade Wilford and or one-to-three draft picks for Boldin.

But what can he do?

A lot. The Dolphins really need help on the passing game. They really relied on running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Now they got to step up there game. With the Dolphins getting Boldin, they could probably also get Darrius Heyward-Bey along to help the passing game big time.

Sound good, huh?

Jacksonville Jaguars

With the signing of Torry Holt just now, the Jaguars need another receiver, too. Holt is turning 32, and they need a younger 28-year-old guy like Anquan Boldin along with the “Big Game.”

Because Torry Holt can’t take place of the releases of Matt Jones and Jerry Porter, who looked to become stars but couldn’t. Jerry Porter didn’t do anything and Matt Jones had an arrest (what a shame).

I don’t how the Jaguars could get Boldin but with that strong first round pick and probably a third-to-fifth round pick, they could get Boldin. It would be nice. Then there is no point getting a quarterback in the NFL draft because all David Garrard needs is a target.

The Jaguars are known for their running game and it might not be as good because of the loss of Fred Taylor so if the Jaguars can get another receiver, especially Boldin (of course), they could be a dominant team in the AFC South.

Although I don’t want that to happen because I am a Colts fan. Sorry Jags.

New York Giants

The Giants were doing…great! There was that Earth,Wind, and Fire system. Eli Manning really developing into a Pro Bowl quarterback. But something screwed it up: Plaxico “Shoot-Myself-In-The-Leg” Burress.

The Giants released him not too long ago and now they need to find a receiver, fast! They don’t even have Amani Toomer who is still looking for a team! All they have is…well, nobody! Get Boldin, quick! With Boldin, the Giants are back on track.

San Francisco 49ers

With a possible chance of Michael Vick getting added or getting Mark Sanchez in the NFL Draft, the Niners need a receiver. They have Isaac Bruce and Brandon Jones and don’t forget this rising star: Josh Morgan. And then there is the tight end, Vernon Davis.

But who are the 49ers missing? No one you may say. How so? They need a receiver. Bruce will retire next year, guarantee it. I know he is going to enter his 16th season but there is no way there is going to be a 17th.

Now to Boldin.

49ers could possibly get him. Trade one of their quarterbacks and pair of draft picks and you got Boldin. But I don’t think it will happen.

With the Niners in the same division as the Cardinals, they won’t to take a risk of getting beaten by them all the time!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Don’t worry, folks. I am almost done. Just this one and two more. Now of course I had to involve the Buccaneers. Sure, they have Michael Clayton, but his status has been going down by the years. His status just went up, somehow, by the re-signing of him.

With Byron Leftwich signed; it will be Josh Johnson, Brian Griese, Luke McCown, and (of course) Leftwich competing for the starting quarterback spot in the depth chart. I think Leftwich would win with Johnson as a runner-up (I’ll tell you why).

But who can be the receiver for the Buccaneers? Joey Galloway is long gone and the Buccaneers need a wide receiver.

Get Boldin.

They could trade somebody. Someone like Josh Johnson and a draft pick. That could work. Kurt Warner will retire in one-to-two years, however. Matt Leinart, not sure of him as a real good potential starting quarterback, even though he does have a second chance. With Boldin, the Bucs are capable of being a strong team.

Philadelphia Eagles

With “Fraction” DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis, the Eagles have somebody missing. McNabb needs the best receiver since T.O. Now he can.

If they can trade some draft picks, they have a potential chance of getting Anquan Boldin. And it is better than getting Knowshon Moreno in the draft. Trust me, it is 100 percent guaranteed that you’ll be satisfied with that kind of product.

It will work and the Eagles can be real amazing. And guess what? Super Bowl time.

Arizona Cardinals

How about Boldin stays put exactly where he is right now? I mean seriously. The Cardinals are missing out on a great receiver. Who will the Cards replace Boldin with? Amani Toomer? No! Come on!

It was all good with the “Big Three” of the Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston. Stay and play.

Where Will Boldin Go?

Special thanks to, two good friends of mine, Isaac Barrow and Mitchell Timp, who both helped me with this article.