Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The legend of Anquan Boldin began fairly early.A 2nd round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, “The Quan” was thesecond receiver taken by the team that April but quicklyascended to folk hero status. That must be what happens when a rookie follows up a goodtraining camp and preseason with a 10-catch, 217-yards,two-touchdown effort in the season opener. You know, hisfirst career NFL game.Boldin went on to finish his rookie season with 101catches, 1,377 yards and eight touchdowns, the lone brightspot on a team that won three games. The following Aprilnetted the team Larry Fitzgerald, and from there the twoformed one of the best receiving duos in the NFL. Top Stories At that point the damage was done and though No. 81 spentone more season with the team (a campaign where he caught84 passes for 1,024 yards and four touchdowns), the ideaof “Anquan Boldin: Forever a Cardinal” was long gone. So the Cardinals set out to trade Boldin who, while oncethe face of the franchise, was now somewhat of a petulantplayer, a receiver who wanted more: the ball, money,whatever, knowing all the while he wasn’t going to get itin Arizona. And on March 6, 2010, a deal was struck with the BaltimoreRavens that sent the franchise’s leader in receptions Eastfor a pair of draft picks. Boldin got his contractextension and the Cardinals moved on. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img 0 Comments   Share   While his toughness in battling through injuries such asthe one he suffered against the Jets in 2009 wascelebrated, the fact that he always seemed to be fightingthrough something gave the organization pause whenthinking about Boldin’s future in red. So, giving him thekind of money he sought – after already paying Fitzgeraldtop dollar – would have made little sense for the team,but that didn’t matter. Boldin thought head coach Ken Whisenhunt had lied to himabout a contract extension and, having already started toshow frustration by missing minicamps and OTAs withvarious “injuries,” a sideline blowup in the NFCChampionship game with offensive coordinator Todd Haleyproved to be a damning blow to the proud Boldin’sreputation in the Valley.After all, up until that point Boldin was the heart andsoul of the team, a warrior who gave everything he had forteams that probably didn’t deserve a player of hiscaliber. But at a moment where the team was on the vergeof accomplishing its greatest success ever, Boldin wasupset because he wasn’t in the game. The Cardinals won thegame and celebrated on the field, but Boldin didn’t takepart in the festivities. While Fitzgerald provided the grace and highlight-reelcatches it was Boldin who was going over the middle,taking and delivering punishment. He did much of hisdamage for bad – real bad – Cardinals teams.Arizona won a combined 20 games in Boldin’s first fourseasons, even with the wideout recording 342 receptions,4,605 yards and 20 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl twiceduring that span and was essentially a great player on abad team.And then things started to change.An eight-win season in 2007 was followed by a nine-wineffort – and a trip to the Super Bowl – in 2008, and itwas about that time where things started to go south forthe Boldin/Cardinals marriage. Prior to the 2008 season Fitzgerald received a monstercontract extension, something Boldin had long sought forhimself. The Cardinals seemed to have little interest ininking the 28-year-old to another extension, not with afew years left on his contract, something Boldin didn’ttake too kindly to. But in a way, the Cardinals may have been right on thisone. Boldin played in all 16 games just twice in sevenseasons with the team, and was forced to miss Arizona’stwo playoff games in 2009 with ankle and knee injuries. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img

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