All that wasted Boldin breath in AFC East

After a year of rumors that had him going to points all over the map, the Arizona Cardinals finally traded Anquan Boldin.

But he didn't land in the AFC East as many fans had hoped.

The rumors came to an end Friday afternoon, when the Cardinals dealt him and a fifth-round draft pick to the Baltimore Ravens for third- and fourth-round draft choices. Boldin quickly signed a new four-year, $28 million contract.

Over the months, any team that needed help at receiver was said to be interested in Boldin. The Miami Dolphins and New York Jets (before they traded for Braylon Edwards) were frequently mentioned last year.

Then, almost out of nowhere, the New England Patriots reportedly got involved in negotiations with the Cardinals to the point the defending AFC East champs were considered the front runners by one report.

What transpired Friday was educational. We learned the Patriots have identified receiver as a higher priority than originally projected.

The Boldin trade also affects Buffalo Bills free-agent Terrell Owens. Baltimore was believed to have interest in Owens, but now that Boldin is in the fold, that option probably evaporates.