NEW ORLEANS -- I promised you I'd try to catch up with Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin after this playoff game between the Saints and Cardinals.
I keep my promises.
And the news for Dolphins fans hoping to see Boldin in a Dolphins uniform next season is not great.
Boldin, you see, told me as he walked out of the Arizona locker room that he will not request a trade this offseason.
"No," Boldin told me following Arizona's 45-14 loss to New Orleans said. "I'm going to let it play out."
Boldin is under contract to Arizona for the 2010 season at a scheduled pay of $3 million. It is the final year of his deal. And considering he's a 1,000-yard caliber receiver, he believes he has been underpaid for some time and wants the deal redone.
Because of that, Boldin has, through his agents, asked for a new contract and even requested to be traded in the past when a new contract didn't come.
That approach is apparently changing for Boldin.
"I can't do anything one way or the other," he said. "If I go to them and request a trade, it don't matter. I'm under contract for another year. So no matter what I say or do, that won't change anything. I'm under contract for another year. So whatever happens, it depends on what the Cardinals want to do. I'm not worried about it at all."
Boldin also has no concern about the perception he's become injury-prone. He'll be 30 years old in October and missed these playoffs due to knee and ankle issues.
"I'm fine," he insisted. "I don't have anything that requires surgery or anthing. I'm fine."
Boldin knew when he was speaking with me he was talking to a Florida constituency because I told him I work for The Miami Herald. I asked him if he's ever thought about coming back to his home state of Florida and playing for the Dolphins.
"I've always been concentrating on my team," he said. "I can only help the Cardinals and that's it."