Tom Curran: Draft day trade watch
The Cardinals wide receiver has been miffed about his contract for better than a year and it's gone past the point of irreconcilable differences. The Eagles, with the 21st overall pick, could be players. It would leave them without a first-round pick if they did that deal, though. The question there is twofold. First, could they get a better player at 21 (probably not). Two, when does Boldin expect a new deal? He's signed through 2010 at salaries of $2.75 and $3 million. At 27, he wants No. 1 receiver dough. Philly should pull the trigger on this one, give Donovan McNabb the weapons everyone believes he's been missing and watch the results.
Chad Ocho Cinco
Former teammate T.J. Houshmandzadeh says the receiver formerly known as Chad Johnson called him on Friday in tears because everyone's getting traded except him. Classic. Ocho is capable of creating a sideshow but if the Bengals haven't moved him by now, tears don't figure to soften them. Witness the words of Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis on Tuesday. "Many times we've reiterated, I don't know if we're keeping count on this, Chad's not getting moved."
The Eagles corner has been lobbing bombs at the Philly front office this week, lamenting that he's underpaid on the deal he signed in 2004 that has four years remaining on it. Here's what Eagles president Joe Banner had to say. "He has four years left on his deal, and I've looked and never found a player since there has been a salary cap that has received a new deal with four years remaining on it." He, like Mr. Ocho Cinco, is not likely to be moved but Brown is certainly in "shooting my way out of town" mode.
The Bills may take a defensive end with one of their two first-round picks (11 and 28). If they do, that could make the 29-year-old Kelsay expendable and league sources have told the Buffalo News that Kelsay could be moved for a second-day pick this weekend.
The Browns talented but drop-prone wideout has been on the block for a while. The most discussed destination? The New York Giants. Reports have alleged the Browns and Giants have talked about Edwards going to Gotham in exchange for second and fifth-round picks and young Giants wideout Steve Smith. New York is without a true No. 1 receiver, having released troubled Plaxico Burress.
The Browns maintain that they plan to go into the 2009 mini-camps and training camp with Quinn and Anderson competing for the starting job. But this draft is light at quarterback and Quinn, after two years of intermittent play with Cleveland, is an attractive option for any team that is in need of an upgrade at that position. Given the bounty the Broncos got for Jay Cutler, however, don't expect Cleveland to give Quinn away.
The Bills have a glut at wideout and are shopping the little-used slot receiver. The Bills don't figure to try and break the bank in moving him and a late-round pick may do it.