Anquan Boldin says relationship with Cardinals irreparable

Anquan Boldin is apparently going to need more than a new contract and a firm handshake from the Cardinals in order to make him happy.

From (via USA Tody):

Anquan BoldinAnquan Boldin said Thursday that his rift with Cardinals management is irreparable and could force him to renew his trade demands.

“It takes more than, ‘Well, we did you wrong and we’ll pay you this,'” said Boldin. “It’s not about the money. It was always about the principle.” Cardinals GM Rod Graves has been steadfast in his refusal to discuss a trade, but Boldin and agent Drew Rosenhaus are sure to stir up interest this offseason. Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald believe cooler heads will prevail and Boldin will remain in a Cardinals uniform. Ah, but they underestimate the evil genius of Drew Rosenhaus.

Have you ever been in a relationship with a person for a couple of years and things start to go sour? Then even though things are bad, you tell yourself that if he/she starts changing their ways, you could see the relationship working out. You basically convince yourself that things could eventually work but you start setting the demands for the relationship so high that you essentially want it to fail so that you could get a clean break.

That’s what this Boldin situation reminds me of. Maybe he’s saying things could eventually work out in Arizona because he’s been there for so long and part of him wants to stay. But he wasn’t happy about his contract situation at the start of the 2008 season. Now he’s still upset about his contract, but he’s also saying that it’s not just about the money and it’s the principle of the matter. You get the feeling that no matter what the Cardinals’ brass eventually does, Boldin is going to make it impossible for the organization to make him happy in the end.

Maybe it’s time to start thinking that Boldin just wants out. He’s right – it’s not all about the money. It’s about the money, a fresh start and a change of scenery. And if that’s the case, he should state as such and be honest. Hey, some people just need a clean slate.

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