Anquan Boldin WR SF 5 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 5 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.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 5 Months

According to ESPN 49ers reporter Bill Williamson, the team "would like to keep" free agent Anquan Boldin.

Same goes for free agent S Donte Whitner and K Phil Dawson, per Williamson. The Niners are currently sitting on just over $7 million in salary cap space with a number of youngsters to extend before their rookie contracts expire. Ideally, San Francisco would find an alpha-type No. 1 receiver in May's draft.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 6 Months

Anquan Boldin caught five passes for 53 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco's NFC Championship Game loss to the Seahawks.

Boldin also committed a drop. Boldin's score was a 26-yard laser from an on-the-move Colin Kaepernick. Creating his trademark inch of separation, Boldin beat Earl Thomas in single coverage. It's the kind of play we've grown accustomed to seeing Boldin make in the playoffs. Coming off his first 1,000-yard campaign since 2009, Boldin now heads to the open market. Going on 34, he's not a realistic candidate for a multi-year deal despite leading the 49ers in receiving this season. The 49ers should make a strong play to retain him.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 6 Months

Anquan Boldin caught three passes for 38 yards in the 49ers' Wild Card win over the Packers.

The Packers' defense doubled down on Vernon Davis, creating single-coverage opportunities for Boldin and Michael Crabtree. Crabtree capitalized more frequently in this one, racking up eight catches for 125 yards and clearly finding a rhythm with Colin Kaepernick. The pendulum could just as easily swing back toward Boldin in the Divisional Round at Carolina, although Crabtree is looking awfully good and like a legit No. 1 receiver these days.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 6 Months

Anquan Boldin caught nine passes for 145 yards with one touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win at Arizona.

Operating mostly out of slot and therefore avoiding the coverage of Patrick Peterson, Boldin absolutely went off early. He posted six catches for 106 yards and a score in the first quarter, eating up Jerraud Powers along the way. It brought back memories of Boldin's performance in last year's playoffs, when he carries the Ravens all the way to a Super Bowl win with incredible catch after incredible catch. Boldin's first year in San Fran yielded 85 catches for 1,175 yards and seven touchdowns, better than any campaign he had during his three years in Baltimore. Even with Michael Crabtree back, Colin Kaepernick will lean on Boldin against the Packers in their Wild Card game.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 7 Months

Anquan Boldin caught six passes for 72 yards and one touchdown in San Francisco's Week 16 win over Atlanta on Monday night.

Boldin and Michael Crabtree each saw seven targets to lead the team. With the 72 yards, Boldin now sits at 1,030 for the season. It's his first 1,000-yard campaign since 2009, his final year with the Cardinals. It was just a typical night at the office for Boldin. He dominated with his physicality and scored from ten yards out on a screen pass to the right. Boldin and Crabtree are feeding off each other and will pose a dynamic duo at receiver for the playoffs. Don't forget Vernon Davis at tight end. Boldin has been a consistent WR3 all season long and will wrap up the regular season against the Cardinals on the road.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 7 Months

Anquan Boldin caught three balls for 43 yards in the 49ers' Week 15 win over Tampa Bay.

Boldin took a backseat against the Bucs as Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree did more heavylifting in San Francisco's passing attack. Boldin has been a WR3 since his Week 1 explosion. He'll still be worth strongly considering as a fantasy starter against the Falcons porous defense in fantasy title week.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 7 Months

Anquan Boldin caught nine passes for 98 yards in Week 13 against the Rams.

Boldin saw a team-high 13 targets. The Rams had no clue how to stop him on the outside. Boldin has gone over 90 yards receiving in back-to-back games, and his nine catches were his most in a game since Week 1. After 12 games, Boldin is on pace to catch 81 passes for 1,096 yards and six touchdowns. Boldin should remain a big part of the offense even with Michael Crabtree returning. Both are WR3 options in Week 14 at home against the Seahawks.

Anquan Boldin WR SF 8 Months

Anquan Boldin caught five passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's Week 12 blowout win over the Redskins.

Boldin made the most of his six targets. The 94 yards were his most in a game since his 208-yard explosion in Week 1 against the Packers. Boldin was feasting on Redskins CB Josh Wilson all night long. In the first quarter, he beat Wilson down the left sideline on third-and-4 for a big gain, then whipped Wilson for a 19-yard touchdown on a post-corner route the very next play. Boldin scored his second touchdown from six yards out on a play where Colin Kaepernick kept moving, allowing Boldin to find space in the back of the end zone. Boldin will be a middling WR3 next week at home against the Rams.