Boldin could be traded before draft

Updated: April 16, 2009, 4:13 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin may get his wish to be traded. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Wednesday the team is willing to listen to offers.

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Boldin has asked to be traded since last season after teammate Larry Fitzgerald received a four-year, $40 million contract. Boldin has two years remaining on the six-year, $33.99 million deal he signed in 2005. Though the team wants to give him an extension, the Cardinals aren't expected to give him a Fitzgerald-type deal.

Whisenhunt, speaking to Arizona reporters Wednesday, opened the door for the team to receive trade offers.

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"Before the draft, you know there is going to be talk about Anquan and his situation and a trade," Whisenhunt said. "Since not a whole lot has changed with his contractual situation, we know that will come back. It would be foolish from out standpoint not to listen to those opportunities and see what actually exists. But I want to make the points -- our goal is to re-sign him to a long-term deal. That hasn't changed."

Boldin continues to bring up the idea of a trade. With contract talks at a standstill, the Cardinals can listen to offers before the draft. The Eagles and Giants might be at the top of the list.

Boldin is considered a No. 1 wide receiver; it would take a first-round and a third-round draft choice for any team to acquire him.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

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