So here's what we have heard over the last few days about the Anquan Boldin talks:
-- That the Cardinals asked for a first- and third-round draft pick for Boldin;
-- That the Ravens might be willing to give a pick along with Willis McGahee or Todd Heap;
-- That the Ravens indeed were offering Heap and a first;
-- That the Cardinals were lowering their demands from a first to a second-round pick;
-- That something was close enough to be brewing with the Titans that the Cards gave the Titans the go-ahead to negotiate a new Boldin deal with agent Drew Rosenhaus.
All of the above, from what I understand, was false. Today was a roller-coaster of reports. It was surreal. First I was sitting in an office, listening to GM Rod Graves saying how Q is likely going to stay and that the lone offer this team had received was lousy (and no, I don't know what team it was, although I don't believe it was Baltimore). Then I got out of the interview, wrote a quick story and went to lunch, and suddenly I am getting e-mails from fans freaking out about this report about the Cards "lowering" their trade demands. Like Graves told the AP tonight, "We've never stated any demands so I'm not sure how you can lower it from there."
That's where we stand here on Friday night. Despite all the talk and rumors, I don't think anything happened today except for white-hot media attention. The Cards still have had only one (less-than-compelling) trade offer, and barring something unforeseen tomorrow, Boldin isn't going anywhere. Again, the same road blocks remain -- a team has to give Boldin a big contract and give the Cards a good trade. Short of that, Q is a Card.