It turns out, Kurt Warner's retirement in January was just the first of the big changes for the Arizona Cardinals this offseason.
Five weeks after losing their starting quarterback, three more of the Cardinals’ best players are exiting Arizona. On Friday, three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Anquan Boldin was traded to the Baltimore Ravens, Pro Bowl safety Antrel Rolle signed with the New York Giants, and linebacker Karlos Dansby agreed to a contract with the Miami Dolphins.
Baltimore obtained Boldin for a third- and fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft. Baltimore also got a fifth-round pick from Arizona.
The 29-year-old Boldin has amassed at least 1,000 yards receiving in five of his seven seasons, including 1,024 yards on 84 catches last season.
Boldin received a new four-year, $28 million deal with Baltimore, with $10 million guaranteed.
“The Ravens just got better,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Anquan is a significant addition for us. He fits the personality of our team with the hard-nosed, physical way he plays. We love the way he competes.”
The Giants made Rolle one of the NFL’s richest safeties when he signed a five-year, $37 million contract that has $15 million in guaranteed money.
Arizona released Rolle this week to avoid paying him $12.1 million for one season, but the Cardinals were expected to make re-signing him one of their top priorities this offseason. In the end, Rolle chose to sign with the Giants after visiting with the team most of Friday.
Rolle was Arizona’s first-round pick, the eighth selection overall, out of Miami in 2005. He began his pro career as a cornerback but had most of his success after being switched to safety in 2008.
He had four interceptions last season and made his first Pro Bowl as a replacement for New Orleans’ Darren Sharper, who had to miss the game because the Saints reached the Super Bowl.
Dansby, who was designated the Cardinals’ franchise player last offseason, agreed to a $43 million, five-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. It includes $22 million guaranteed.
Bears make big splash
The Chicago Bears were big spenders, signing top free agent Julius Peppers, running back Chester Taylor and blocking tight end Brandon Manumaleuna.
“It’s one thing to play football in this league and make a living, but it’s a totally different thing to come to a place with a rich tradition like the Bears,” said Peppers, who played his first eight seasons with the Carolina Panthers.
The five-time Pro Bowl defensive end agreed to a six-year deal worth potentially $91.5 million. Agent Carl Carey said a record $42 million is guaranteed, with Peppers earning $20 million in the first year.
Raiders re-sign ex-Husky
The Oakland Raiders re-signed former University of Washington offensive lineman Khalif Barnes to a one-year contract.
The Raiders did not tender a contract offer to Barnes before the start of free agency, making him an unrestricted free agent. But the team quickly brought him back for a second season.
Barnes signed a one-year deal with Oakland last year after four years in Jacksonville, but he broke his left ankle during training camp and appeared in just six games.
A 20-year-old college student accused Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her at a nightclub in Georgia early Friday. … Atlanta agreed to terms on a six-year deal with free-agent cornerback Dunta Robinson. … Fullback Leonard Weaver, an ex-Seattle Seahawk, re-signed with Philadelphia for three years. … Detroit acquired defensive tackle Corey Williams in a trade with Cleveland and agreed to a four-year deal with end Kyle Vanden Bosch. … Cleveland restructured the contract of Pro Bowl return specialist Josh Cribbs. … Denver agreed to terms with running back J.J. Arrington, defensive lineman Justin Bannan and cornerback Nathan Jones. … Miami released linebacker Joey Porter and safety Gibril Wilson. … The New York Jets released running back Thomas Jones.