Hate to mention it, but arguably, our best player, Anquan Boldin, still has to finish the season, and then win another SB, but the first here in way more than a decade. Should he do that, and his play sure suggests it, we may very well have our own contract problem with Monsieur Boldin. A lot depends on how well we do in the next 4 games, assuming all goes well. If we win out, it will be in great part due to Anquan not just in the playoffs but also all yr, doubled and all that jazz. Win it all or lose:
1.What is Anquan worth?
2.What is he worth to SF?
3.What is trent willing(more likely able) to pay?
1.I'd say the answer to the first one is plenty, being way better than vince Jackson( a great player) plus I forget the other overpaid WR this yr. Boldin outplayed them both...and with a much less experienced QB , OC and HC. So his worth is probably off the charts at $12-$15mil per
2.Anquan's worth here is the sticky part. We have other guys in pipeline(courtesy of trent, JH) and certainly we can field a very good team next yr, but nowhere near as good as with Anquan. So let's say $12 mil, altho I don't know how we come up with that kind of $$.
3.Let's say Trent offers $10 mil. IMO, he is worth more to this team, but trent has been really careful about balancing the payroll. It has allowed us to keep way more talented guys than other teams can. But that is coming to an end.
The intangibles are that Boldin could have stayed with the SB winner, but maybe he saw the wholesale housecleaning and wanted to win another SB. Also, he knew they wouldn't meet his contract demands. Bingo, SF here he comes. Now hopefully we are closing in on that similar situation in 4 more games. What would Trent do? My guess is the financially sound thing and not re-sign him...BUT...at the Cards and also Ravens, Anquan didn't get the pass chances he did here. Would that affect his desire to stay on but at a number that is in keeping with Trent's balanced payroll? Maybe. But trent's number may not enough. Whatever happens, it has been one helluva ride with Anquan. We would all love to see him stay here. Maybe AB has a plan to do so, and if so, would love to see it.
[ Edited by pasodoc9er on Jan 2, 2014 at 9:27 AM ]