Boldin hopeful situation will be resolved

Updated: April 19, 2009, 12:24 PM ET
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Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin, who has asked to be traded since last season, said he was relieved that the Cardinals were willing to listen to offers.

"After the season ended, there was nothing being done," Boldin told ESPN.com's Tim Graham on Saturday. "At least there is movement. Like I've said all along, the only thing I want is a resolution. Hopefully, this leads towards that."

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Wednesday that there would be discussions about the situation before the draft and the team will consider any trade offers it receives.

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"Since not a whole lot has changed with his contractual situation, we know that will come back," Whisenhunt told Arizona reporters. "It would be foolish from our 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 has two years remaining on the six-year, $33.99 million deal he signed in 2005.

"Everything is completely out of my hands," Boldin said about where he might end up next season. "There's absolutely nothing I can do at this point to make something happen or push things along.

"At this time of year, when the draft comes along, there are always names being mentioned. This year, my name just happens to be one of them being brought up again. We'll just have to wait and see."

Former New York Giants star Michael Strahan advised Boldin to stop talking about the situation.

"I know he's not happy here but complaining about it in the press really doesn't help you," Strahan said Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.

"Playing in Arizona's not so bad. He could be with T.O. [Terrell Owens] in Buffalo. It's colder up there."

Boldin refused to comment about his relationship with the Cardinals front office.

"I feel like I've always been embraced by the Phoenix community and my teammates," Boldin said. "That's really the only thing that matters. Those are the people that I play for. So anything else to me is irrelevant. As long as I'm embraced by the fans and my teammates, I'm good."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.

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