Anquan Boldin WR SF 2 Months

Boldin played seven snaps on the 49ers' opening drive Thursday, but did not have a pass thrown his way in the preseason loss to Baltimore.

Boldin will start the season as the team's No. 2 wideout opposite Michael Crabtree. Despite being at the seasoned age of 33, Boldin put up his best offensive season since 2008 last year, but a lot of that was out of necessity with Crabtree missing most of the regular season. With Crabtree back in the picture and the addition of Stevie Johnson, Boldin won't be asked to assume as big of a role this year.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 8 Months

49ers re-signed WR Anquan Boldin to a two-year contract.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 8 Months

ESPN's Ed Werder expects the 49ers to announce a contract agreement with free agent Anquan Boldin within the "next 24 hours."

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported roughly one week ago that the sides were "closing in on a deal." The Niners and Boldin are believed to be negotiating a two-year contract worth $10-12 million. Although re-signing Boldin would not immediately erase San Francisco's need for younger legs at receiver, it would solidify a strong starting tandem with Boldin opposite Michael Crabtree.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 8 Months

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers and free agent Anquan Boldin are "closing in on a deal," and a "deal is expected to get done."

The 49ers have said multiple times that re-signing Boldin is a priority, and Boldin has expressed a desire to stay in San Francisco. The two sides likely met at the Combine to get talks moving. Boldin led the 49ers in receiving in 2013 but is going on 34 years old. He's unlikely to get anything more than a two- or three-year contract. It would be a shock if Boldin didn't have a new deal by March 11.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 8 Months

Speaking Thursday, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh reiterated that the team's top priority is re-signing free agent Anquan Boldin, and that talks are moving in a "very positive" direction.

"It's not just me who wants Anquan Boldin back," Harbaugh said. "We're all in lockstep with how we feel about him." The 49ers need an infusion of young receiving talent that can grow together with Colin Kaepernick, but re-signing Boldin for 2014 is a no-brainer after he led the team in receiving last season. The question is whether, going on 34, he'll be reasonable in his demands. The indications are that he will be.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 8 Months

A source with knowledge of the situation tells that the 49ers have not begun contract talks with free agent Anquan Boldin.

PFT's source is disputing a recent CSN Bay Area report that the Niners were negotiating a "multi-year extension" with Boldin. Per PFT's Mike Florio, contract deliberations between the 49ers and Boldin are "expected to commence at the Scouting Combine," which kicks into high gear on Wednesday. Boldin is the 49ers' "top priority," ahead of free agent SS Donte Whitner.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 8 Months

CSN Bay Area reports the 49ers are currently negotiating a "multi-year extension" with free agent-to-be Anquan Boldin.

NFL free agents can begin negotiating with other teams beginning March 8. Free agency formally opens for business on March 11. All signs to this point have indicated re-signing Boldin was the 49ers' top offseason priority, and that clearly appears to be true with the sides already in contract talks. It's believed the 49ers are targeting a roughly two-year, $10 million agreement with about $6 million guaranteed. Boldin turned 33 last October.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 8 Months

Profootballtalk reports re-signing free agent Anquan Boldin is a "priority" for the 49ers.

CSN Bay Area, NFL Network and ESPN have all reported similar this offseason. That means the 49ers are telling anyone and everyone they want to keep their leading receiver from 2013. The interest is reportedly mutual, but with this potentially being Boldin's last shot at a nice payday, he's not going to have much incentive to agree to a hometown discount.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 8 Months

Ian Rapoport believes both the 49ers and free agent Anquan Boldin are interested in working out a new deal.

This matches everything else we have been hearing out of San Francisco this offseason. Boldin had something of a resurgence in San Francisco in 2013, posting his first 1,000 yard season since 2009. Going into his 34-year-old season, Boldin is unlikely to find a guaranteed multi-year contract anywhere else. This deal will get done.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 9 Months

CSN Bay Area considers free agent Anquan Boldin the "most likely candidate" to start opposite Michael Crabtree next season.

Ace beat writer Matt Maiocco considers wideout the 49ers' No. 1 offseason priority. He expects them to draft a receiver to compete with Quinton Patton for the No. 3 role and also re-sign Boldin. It shouldn't be an overly difficult negotiation as Boldin is going on 34 years old and won't land a guaranteed multi-year contract elsewhere. Maiocco suggests a two-year, $10 million contract that includes $6 million guaranteed.