I got the chance to attend Anquan Boldin's charity event last week in Pahokee, Fla., and there was plenty of talent on hand, including Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Smith and Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin.
I'll share some news and notes from the event.
On Boldin being traded ...
Boldin's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said they are in a waiting period right now. Boldin also said there is nothing he can do right now until the team makes a move.
"I didn't say that a trade was necessary," Boldin said. "For me, I just want something to get resolved. It's something that's gone on long enough.
"The entire situation is out of my hands. What happens from here on out, I have no control over it. The only thing I'm getting from the team is they're going to do what's in the best interest of the team. For me, I have to sit back and wait. Life will go on. For me, I'm not worried about anything. I don't listen to anything. A lot of the stuff going on is stuff people make up. When something definitely happens, I'll deal with it and continue to live life."
Fitzgerald doesn't expect Boldin to be traded.
"He ain't going nowhere," Fitzgerald said. "I don't know why everyone is making all this big fuss right now. ... He doesn't want to go anywhere. He wants to be right where he's at. Who would want to leave a Super Bowl contending team? Why would he want to leave?"
Fitzgerald said he would do whatever it takes to keep Boldin in a Cardinals uniform, including taking a pay cut. "I'm looking forward to mini-camp in a couple of weeks with him out there," Fitzgerald said. "Hopefully we can just continue as always. I told them whatever it takes to keep him around I'm willing to do."
Smith said he would gladly take Boldin coming to the Carolina Panthers.
"You never want to let a good player go without saying something with the potential of that player coming to your team," Smith said. "To say I wouldn't want him in Carolina, that would be foolish because he's a great talent. I believe any team that he's on and any team he would potentially be on, he would bring a plus. He would be another weapon for that quarterback to look at."
Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess, who was also at the event, would like to see Boldin in Miami. He said Boldin would improve the receiving corps, and he's not afraid of losing playing time to Boldin.
"If he comes, I'm going to be real excited," Bess said. "That's one of the things we're lacking is a real veteran. I'd like to learn from somebody like him. He's a baller. If he comes in, I'll welcome him with open arms."
Irvin said Boldin is the best wide receiver in the NFL. And he said that within ear shot of Smith and Fitzgerald.
"Every team in the league would be smart to pursue him," Irvin said of Boldin. "If you asked me to start a football team, and I could take any receiver in the league, I'm taking Anquan right now. He's a beast. ... He's physical. He's aggressive. I want that on my offense. I would pick Anquan first."
We'll see what happens with Boldin heading into or on draft day. Fantasy owners should want Boldin to remain with the Cardinals because it's a talented offense, and Boldin should continue to put up tremendous stats.
Fitgerald expects another big year ...
Fitzgerald had an amazing postseason run with Arizona last year. He had seven catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns in Super Bowl XLIII against Pittsburgh, and his seven postseason touchdowns set an NFL record. He finished the postseason with 30 catches for 546 yards.
Now, Fitzgerald said he expects to build off those stats and do even better in 2009.
"I don't have a choice," Fitzgerald said. "You're either getting better or you're getting worse. There's only two directions you can go in, and I don't plan on getting worse."
Fitzgerald also had a tremendous regular season. He finished with 96 catches, 1,431 yards (14.9 avg.) and 12 touchdowns with seven 100-yard games and only three games without 100 yards and/or a touchdown. He is an elite talent and a No. 1 Fantasy WR, if not the best player at his position.
Look for him to have another outstanding year now with Kurt Warner also back for the Cardinals, and draft Fitzgerald with a pick toward the end of Round 1 or beginning of Round 2.
Irvin likes Crabtree, Nicks ...
Irvin said that Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree is the top prospect heading into the draft. "I love Crabtree," Irvin said. "Crabtree reminds me a lot of Anquan. He's a beast."
In 26 collegiate games, Crabtree had 41 touchdowns and 231 receptions, totals that are the result of his speed, quickness, hands and the offensive scheme at Texas Tech. At 6-foot-2 and excellent game speed (he's got a timed 40-yard dash at 4.5, done before the NFL Combine), Crabtree is without question the best receiving threat in the 2009 NFL Draft. If he lands with a club that throws a bunch, he could post enough totals to get to 800 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie.
Irvin also said that North Carolina WR Hakeem Nicks could be another version of Irvin. At least that's what UNC coach Butch Davis told Irvin.
"I like the big receiver from North Carolina," Irvin said. "Butch Davis called me and said he reminds me of you." Nicks, meanwhile, compared himself to Boldin at a February press conference.
Nicks, who is listed at 6-foot-1, 212 pounds, leaves North Carolina with career records for receptions (181), receiving yards (2,840) and touchdowns (21). He also holds the school single-season records with 12 touchdowns and 1,222 yards receiving in 2008, having set the single-season record for catches (74) the previous year.
If Nicks can play like Irvin or Boldin he would be a tremendous Fantasy option. See what team he ends up with at the NFL Draft because that will determine his Fantasy value, but Nicks could be a good sleeper as a rookie.
Irvin hopeful for Roy Williams ...
Irvin said that Dallas WR Roy Williams needs to have a big year for the Cowboys. Irvin, a former Cowboys WR, said the team is counting on Williams to replace Terrell Owens, and Irvin said Williams is capable of having a big year.
"I hope good for his sake because after getting rid of T.O. there will be some questions on him," Irvin said. "Everybody will be watching, and I hope he plays well. T.O. gave you a lot of production, and somebody has to replace those points."
Williams has the chance to play well for the Cowboys. He struggled when he was traded from Detroit to Dallas because he was out of position thanks to Owens. But with Owens gone, Williams will be asked to do more, and Fantasy owners can count on him to step up. Consider him a No. 2 Fantasy WR worth a pick between Rounds 5 and 6.
Boldin's charity event ...
Boldin's charity event, which is called Q Fest and benefits the Anquan Boldin Foundation, was a success in its fifth year. Proceeds from the event go toward helping under-privledged kids in Pahokee and Arizona to provide clothes, sports programs, computers, etc. to "create a brighter future for the children and their families."
There was a golf tournament, a charity basketball game featuring the NFL players and a day at the park for kids.
"Each year we just hope that it improves and get better," Boldin said. "It was all fun."
Added Smith: "It's outstanding. What he's doing, you have to commend him. It's a great gesture. I feel honored to be a part of it."
For more information on the Anquan Boldin Foundation, check out his web site at anquanq81foundation.com.