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Cardinals GM Graves planning to meet with Boldin's new agent soon

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals general manager Rod Graves says he looks forward to working with Anquan Boldin's new agent, Tom Condon.

Condon hasn't confirmed multiple reports that he has been hired by Boldin, but Graves ended any doubt with his comments after the Cardinals practiced Monday.

"I look forward to working with him on this deal whenever we can get the opportunity to concentrate on it," Graves said.

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Graves said he already has had contact with Condon.

"I anticipate a meeting with him sometime later this month," Graves said.

Condon, who represents such NFL stars as Peyton and Eli Manning and Marvin Harrison, didn't return messages left at his office and on his cell phone. Condon's list of clients also includes Cardinals backup quarterback Matt Leinart.

Boldin, who has been embroiled in a long contract fight with the Cardinals, fired Drew Rosenhaus, who had represented him since the wide receiver was drafted out of Florida State in 2003. Boldin sat out the Cardinals' minicamp last month, citing a sore hamstring, and has been a no-show in the subsequent voluntary workouts.

Graves said the Cardinals are working on new contracts for safety Adrian Wilson and linebacker Karlos Dansby before turning their attention to Boldin.

Asked if there would be enough money under the salary cap to sign Boldin this year, Graves said: "It will have some challenges. There's certainly cause for some give and take and creativity on both sides, but Tom's been noted for that. Again, I just look forward to sitting with him, and we'll find out where we are at that point."

Will Boldin's switch to Condon make it easier to reach an agreement?

"I don't know, we'll see," Graves said. "I look forward to talking with him. We've had a history of being able to get deals done with Tom Condon."

Boldin, who has made the Pro Bowl in three of his six NFL seasons, has two years left on his contract, but he says the Cardinals lied to him when they failed to follow through on what he says was a promise for a new contract one year ago. Through Rosenhaus, Boldin asked to be traded, but the Cardinals say they won't make any deal without receiving sufficient compensation and that they prefer to re-sign him.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals had a scare Monday when their other Pro Bowl wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, landed awkwardly while stretching to make a catch in Monday's practice, hurting his groin. After a few moments, Fitzgerald got up and rejoined the practice. He walked past reporters as he left the field, saying he needed to receive treatment.

"It was a little something," Fitzgerald said. "I'll be OK."

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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