Could ‘The Plan’ Include Anquan Boldin?

February 10th, 2010

Reading the rumors that claim stud Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin might be on the trading block for a second or third round draft pick, Joe wonders whether Boldin would fit in the Bucs’ plans for 2010.

Of course, Boldin, and re-signing Antonio Bryant, fits just fine into Joe’s vision of a successful Bucs team. Josh Freeman needs big-time weapons, and Michael Clayton doesn’t qualify. Neither does Maurice Stovall. A trade for Boldin seems just wonderful. 

However, Joe’s fantasies don’t matter.

What matters is how serious the Bucs are about giving Josh Freeman — the “franchise” QB — top talent to work with to maximize his potential.

And how much money would the Bucs be willing to fork over to keep Boldin around long term? 

Last year, all reports said Team Glazer issued the edict to develop a franchise quarterback. Now it’s time to for Bryan and Joel to take the next step.

34 Responses to “Could ‘The Plan’ Include Anquan Boldin?”

  1. Jake Says:

    Seems to me that if the Bucs intended to delve into the name free agent or trade market they would have made that known rather than say nothing and watch your season ticket renewals take a plunge during the renewal period. The fact they have said nothing posititve in this regard during the renewal peroid (last day for renewals 2/18) leads me to believe they will do none of this. Their mantra this offseason is their 10 draft picks.

  2. OAR Says:

    Michael Clayton doesn’t even quailify to be a pocket knife, let alone a big time weapon.

  3. OAR Says:

    Longing for the ole’ smoke-n-mirrors days!

  4. Joe Says:


    Michael Clayton doesn’t even quailify to be a pocket knife

    A letter opener perhaps?

  5. Jeff Says:

    All the talk of developing freeman and providing him weapons leads me to believe the Bucs are going to be active in the WR department. Letting AB walk contradicts that notion so they must have something up their sleeve.

  6. Tommy Boy Says:

    Here is my theory/speculation/hope:

    Dominik made it clear that we weren’t going to be big players in free agency. We know from Joe’s interview with AB that the Bucs aren’t all that interested in resigning him. What Dominik did say is:

    1. Freeman is the top priority this offseason
    2. He belives in building the team through the draft and trades.

    Taking these statements in account with the expectation that Dominik is truthful in what he says, fans should expect him to address the WR corps in a big way, especially if AB walks. I believe that a trade for Marshall or Boldin is in the forefront of Dominik’s mind. If a trade doesn’t happen and Suh and McCoy are gone when the Bucs draft, I fully expect Dez Bryant to be the pick.

    Freeman has NO SHOT at developing into something great with WRs the likes of Clayton and Stovall. Stroughter is nice but isn’t a legit #1 WR. Boldin and Marshall are. Dez, by all appearances seems to be one as well. With Raheem’s and Dominik’s futures tied to the success of our young QB and the success of next year, I fully expect our WR corp to be dramaticially different. Marhsall, Boldin, or Bryant will be in Pewter and Red next season.

    If not, and our opening day starters are Clayton, Stovall, and Stroughter we shouldn’t expect good things from Freeman next year and can’t be mad at him for not doing so.

  7. OAR Says:

    “A letter opener perhaps?” No, a toothpick…………..MAYBE!

  8. nick Says:

    Bottom line is the Glazers need to step it up. They are the ones who need to put this regime franchise and QB in position to succeed.

  9. nick Says:

    @OAR and Joe,
    The glove that Buggs Bunny used to slap Yosemite Sam in the face with when “Challenging him to a duel” is more dangerous

  10. sensiblefan Says:

    Not happening. The Labor Deal kills any and every possible FA move. Q would want a new deal if we got him through a trade so we’d be stuck with an unhappy player…ugh.

    Stick the plan. Build through the draft, play the young guys and sign low priced vets for depth.

  11. OAR Says:

    Don’t traded players have to accept the trade? or they just don’t show up. ie: Jake Plummer.

  12. Joe Says:

    Good one nick!

  13. Jeff Says:

    Tommy Boy, ditto.

  14. Jonny Says:

    At this point Stovall is better than Stroughter, Stroughter showed some really good things for a 7th round pick and every one’s grading Stroughter to be better than Stovall. IMO, Stovall is getting better as well, when has Stovall been healthy and seen good playing time?

  15. zech Says:

    So u all think that dominick will stick with the recievers we have like AB and clayton and stovall and stroughter? I would like them to make a move to trade for marshall and aquain bolden!

  16. zech Says:

    If I’m dominick and raheem I would not be happy with the recievers we have and if they don’t address the reciever position then freemen will be ruined and our offense will suck again and raheem will be out as head coach

  17. jason Says:

    I really hope they make a move for some1 cause #5 is going to struggle if we put these wideouts out there opening day. I really dont think they should go for Dez Bryant with that #3 pick we need D. Defense wins championships boys do we all forget that! I more worried about our D than who is going to be our starting wideouts.

  18. Brandon Marshall Says:

    Hey what happened to ME getting some love too? I like the warm weather more than Boldin does. I’ve got better stats as well and I’m younger too!

    come on man!

  19. Mr. Lucky Says:

    I would rather have Brandon Marshall before trading for Boldin.

  20. zech Says:

    Either marshall or boldin will work for me I don’t think u can go wrong with either of u!! Marshall should demand a trade to the bucs if he wants to be here!!

  21. Al Says:

    Marshall also went to UCF so he may be more open to coming to Tampa.

  22. BigMacAttack Says:

    Several good options out there. I just hope Dominick makes a deal for somebody.

  23. Eric S Says:

    I would trade a 3rd for Boldin in a millisecond. Boldin is not a burner, but he does catch the ball well and he is a good and willing blocker. Then if AB goes, draft a WR in the 2nd round. Good ones are usually still available then.

    If the Bucs could get a DT in the first, WR and S in the second and Boldin in the third, that would be a good draft.

    I don’t think Boldin would mind going to TB. He is a FL guy. I do think his first preference would be Miami though. Being a Fins fan as well, it would be great if Boldin ended up either with TB or Miami. Win win for me.

    It sounds like Marshall may stay with Denver. The owner may seem like that he wants him on the team. So he could force McDaniels to patch up things. You can’t just get rid all your superstar players that you have a disagreement with.

    My brother thinks that Boldin would become another Alvin Harper. I don’t think that is an apt comparison. Harper was a complementary player for Dallas. He was never the #1 receiver and he routinely caught 30-35 passes with Dallas. Boldin has been the focal point of the Arizona offense and he would double Harper’s output every year. Boldin won’t stretch defenses that much, but he will catch the tough passes over the middle. Boldin is similar to Keyshawn in playing style I think.

  24. zech Says:

    I think the bucs should go after marshall.I mean he’s more explosive then both the AB’s

  25. zech Says:

    I do think if the bucs can land suh they should get him abd do think we need help at both weakside and strongside linebackers and we need help at safty and at reciever and we need a punishing and physical runing back and we help at the offensive tackle and we need help at defensive end!!

  26. Eric Says:

    The only place were solid is special teams coach!

  27. TBBucsFan47 Says:

    I really think that the Bucs should take a hard look at Dante Stallworth, as you stated earlier he is a lot like Kellen (checkered past) and would come at a pretty cheap price. He may ust need the right situation to flourish. Then if they keep AB and/or draft a young talent like Golden Tate, they might not be too bad. Boldin or Marshall would be great but are too expensive based on the current labor situation.

    Really appreciate all the great material Joe, keep it coming!

  28. Eric S Says:

    How exactly is Marshall more explosive than Boldin? Boldin has a better YPC average with 12.8 compared to 12.3 for Marshall. Boldin has scored more TDs the last 3 seasons (24 to 23). So they are both quite similar. More possession type WR than stretch the field type WR.

  29. RastaMon Says:

    Straight up for Aaron Sears

  30. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    If you can get Boldin , pull the trigger. Enough said.

  31. Mike J Says:

    Boldin is more talented, but the Bucs can get a similar player in Kevin Walter at no football cost in free agency.Boldin has missed 11 regular season starts the last three years to Walter’s three, & Walter is a year younger.
    Having said that,I’d give something like a #4 this year & a five next for Anquan.

  32. zech Says:

    I like to see boldin and marshall on the bucs this year !

  33. Tristan Says:

    @ Eric S
    “If the Bucs could get a DT in the first, WR and S in the second and Boldin in the third, that would be a good draft.”

    There you go. Bingo.

  34. zech Says:

    I would go DT first second linebacker and runningback and inbetween the three see if I can’t get marshall or boldin and then we go after a D-End and a safty and then a cb!