Okeafor: Boldin won't become a cancer

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Anquan Boldin's comments Monday made waves in Arizona and beyond, but sometimes these things take a while to resonate throughout a roster. Players are sometimes too busy rehabbing or studying or practicing or lifting to follow the news closely.

Chike Okeafor, the Cardinals' veteran defensive end and outside linebacker, has always offered fresh perspectives. In speaking with him Tuesday about several subjects, I asked about the comments Boldin had made. Cardinals fans might find his answer reassuring:

"'Q' is a great guy and he has his issues with the club and his contract and feeling that respect is given where it's due, but I don't think he's the type of player to let that spread and create a cancer that negatively affects the team.

"Everyone is close, so everyone knows everything that is going on. He is a professional and he is not going to let that affect his play or how he practices."

Boldin's complaints about his contract have been simmering for months. His latest comments blamed coach Ken Whisenhunt for taking an inappropriate role in negotiations. Boldin said he and Whisenhunt are no longer on speaking terms. More from Okeafor:

"I wasn't aware what you were saying about not speaking with coaches and stuff like that. Every man is an individual and you can't put yourself in their shoes. Every situation is different and a different person handles it in their own way. Unless you know all the facts, it's hard to form an opinion.

"We'll be good. We have a real professional organization here and we're about winning ballgames. I think those things will iron themselves out. Probably a little bit of miscommunication and non-communication. Those things will hopefully be resolved in time because he is a great player and a great person for our organization."

Whisenhunt recently began addressing reporters in Arizona. We'll have an update if there's anything new in this ongoing story.