Too High A Price?

Cardinals Seek First- And Third-round Picks, And Ravens Want To Use Their Salary Cap Room For Suggs Extension

April 21, 2009|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

The Ravens are unlikely to trade for wide receiver Anquan Boldin, a team source said Monday.

The sticking point is that the Ravens consider the Arizona Cardinals' asking price too steep, according to the source. The Cardinals are looking for first- and third-round picks in exchange for Boldin.

The Ravens, who have six picks in this weekend's NFL draft (their fewest since 2000), would consider the trade if it did not involve multiple draft selections. They would become interested if they had to give up only a first- or a second-round pick and a player, the source said.

The problem is, the Dallas Cowboys set a high bar for receivers when they traded picks in the first, third and fifth rounds for Roy Williams last season.

Another issue for the Ravens is the salary cap. The Ravens, who are reportedly a couple of million dollars under the cap, are looking to use the remaining room to sign linebacker Terrell Suggs to an extension.

Boldin, 28, would significantly improve the Ravens' group of receivers. He had 80 catches for 1,038 yards and 11 touchdowns last season for the Cardinals.

Former Ravens coach Brian Billick, who will work this weekend as a draft analyst for the NFL Network, said he is a big fan of Boldin's.

"I think he is a game-changing receiver, from his toughness to his ability to stretch the field," Billick said in a conference call Monday. "Obviously, given my time in Baltimore, we never had a receiver like him. It would be a great get.

"Now, what's the equitable price? Sitting at 26, even with the record of picking Ed Reed, Todd Heap and Ray Lewis late in the first round, if you could pick a player as good as Anquan Boldin, then that would be a successful draft," Billick said. "What you have to give up in conjunction with that, then that is the determination you have to make."

The Cardinals' demands could go down if no team steps up for Boldin during the first round Saturday. The other teams that could pursue Boldin are the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and New York Jets, ESPN reported last week.

Philadelphia apparently remains in the running even after trading one of its two first-round picks for offensive tackle Jason Peters. Eagles president Joe Banner told The Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday that the team would not rule out dealing its remaining first-round pick, the 21st overall.

"There are teams that start the year with only one first-round draft pick and they've traded them," Banner said. "If we made another trade with a first-round draft pick, we'd just be in the same position as them. I think we'll do whatever we evaluate to be the best move with any of the available players. ... Some of the evaluation is about the quality of what we have at certain positions."

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