Anquan Boldin caught a ton of heat last year when he didn’t celebrate with the Arizona Cardinals following their NFC Championship Game win over the Philadelphia Eagles. That’s because, you know, when your team wins, you’re supposed to hang out.
Of course, most of the issues with Boldin stem from his contract disagreement with the notoriously cheap Arizona Cardinals, who have yet to offer him the kind of money that Larry Fitzgerald currently makes. Oh yes, they’ve also publicly discussed trading him (although he’s publicly discussed wanting out of Arizona) and basically, the whole thing is a big mess. Which is why he got on the phone with XTRA Sports 910 AM in Phoenix recently to talk about his future in Arizona.
On his off-season:
“It’s been very relaxing. I had a chance to go to the Dominican Republic and chill out for a little bit. But I’ve just spent most of the off-season with my family and continued to stay in shape.”
On the Cardinals listening to trades and the trade rumors floating:
“For me, I’m not even thinking about it, honestly. There’s always something being said, and, you know, stuff picks up around the draft – a lot of talk. And I’m just taking the mindset of whatever happens, happens. You know, for me, I can’t sit here and worry every day if this is going to happen or what if this happens; you lose out on life that way. So I’m just going to enjoy life and continue to stay in shape and enjoy my family.”
On the team’s behavior and whether he’ll get extended:
“Well, they haven’t [talked money] so far. So this whole thing about getting an extension done and them working on an extension – like I said, I haven’t heard anything yet. And I’m not worried about it. I’m not going to sit here and ponder the entire off-season about ‘what if’s?” Whatever happens happens out there with it and I’ll move on with life. But like I said, I don’t listen to the day-to-day rumors, I don’t listen to what people have to say, I stay away from the newspapers and the sports channels, because every time something comes out someone has a different twist.”
Anquan Boldin on wanting resolution, signing a new deal, and the full interview after the jump.
On wanting something resolved:
“Most definitely. I think this has gone on long enough. Just last year we were talking about the same thing and probably the year before that. I think it’s lingered long enough, and a resolution has to come about, and however that happens, I’ll deal with it.”
On what the club has told Drew Rosenhaus:
“They really haven’t told him anything. I think the only he thing he was trying to stress to them was “if you guys are seriously considering giving [Boldin] an extension, why I haven’t I heard anything?” The only thing I hear is that they’re going to do what’s in the best interest of the team, which I completely understand. But at the same time, I have to do what’s best for me too.”
Open to signing a new deal:
“You gotta understand this: Arizona is a place I call home. I came to Arizona when they were the laughingstock of the league. I said from Day 1 that I want to make Arizona a respectable program, similar to what I experienced in college – a winning program, one that was prideful, one that people had to respect any time they stepped on the field. And I think I’ve upheld my part and then the last couple years, some things have gone on between me and the organization that I really don’t want to get into. But as far as my teammates? I love playing with those guys. But at the same time, like they said, they’re going to do what’s in the best interest of the team, so we’ll see what happens.”