In an interview with the Cardinals’ official Web site Friday, Graves said that the chances of Boldin remaining in Arizona are "pretty high" due to a lack of offers.
The price for Boldin has dropped, according to an ESPN report.
Graves said that he has received just one trade offer overall, and he regarded it as insufficient compensation. The Cardinals’ executive declined to specify the terms or the team that made an offer that he said "didn’t come close to something we would consider."
"Our priority has always been to extend Anquan at some point and we felt before doing so we had to at least explore opportunities a trade might present," Graves said. "We have done that and the process is still not over, but it looks as if him staying with us and at least the possibility of an extension seems more of a reality than a trade."
Supposedly, though, there’s renewed interest in Boldin due to the lower cost of doing business.
The Baltimore Ravens are considered a potential suitor, but have a lower second-round draft pick with the 57th overall selection than other interested parties.
That includes the New York Giants (45th overall), New York Jets (52nd overall) and the Philadelphia Eagles (53rd overall). Plus, the Tennessee Titans have apparently entered the picture and hold 10 overall draft picks for the ammunition to wheel an d deal. Running back LenDale White is reportedly on the trading block.
With just six picks currently, the Ravens are unlikely to surrender more than one pick to land Boldin.
Boldin has two years remaining on a four-year, $22.5 million contract and wants to make $8 million to $9 million annually, another potential obstacle to a deal with the Ravens since they are less than $2 million under the salary cap limit.
Graves seems adamant that he won’t just give Boldin away.
"We won’t trade him unless it’s for commensurate value," Graves said. "Not only as a player, but we know his value extends into the contender he makes us as a member of the football team. We certainly don’t want to give up that without fair compensation. We are a strong football team with him, and the probability of him remaining with us is pretty high."
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.