Anquan Boldin
WR FA
1 month ago

Bills general manager Brandon Beane said Tuesday that the team wouldn't release its rights to Boldin and allow him to play with another team this season, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports. "We made a commitment to Anquan, and he made a commitment to us back in [training] camp. He left for the reasons he mentioned back in August," Beane said, alluding to Boldin's announcement that he would retire shortly after he signed a one-year deal with Buffalo.

EDGE Analysis

About two months after indicating his career was over and landing on the Bills' reserve/retired list, the 37-year-old Boldin informed the team that he was still interested in keeping his career going if he could play for a team closer to his home in Florida. The Bills reportedly gave Boldin and his agent permission about a week ago to speak with prospective suitors for the "sole purpose of discussing a trade," but with the veteran wideout's rights remaining with Buffalo following Tuesday's deadline, it looks likely that he'll stay retired. Rather than holding out hope that Boldin might reconsider his stance and play for them, the Bills were proactive in bolstering their weak wideout corps for the second half of the season, acquiring Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers on Tuesday to likely serve as their new No. 1 receiver.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
2 months ago

Boldin is interested in playing again and Bills have given his agent permission to sign with another team if there's a fit, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports, per a letter ESPN obtained.

EDGE Analysis

While Boldin is likely moving past his fantasy days, he did have eight touchdowns catches for the Lions last season and could probably serve as a nice No. 3 receiver for someone. This is the time of year where a number of teams are working through wideout injuries, and with plenty of franchises about to go on bye it seems someone would be willing to sign a guy with Boldin's pedigree, assuming the 37-year-old is truly interested in playing again.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
4 months ago4 Comments

Boldin announced his retirement from the NFL on Sunday, Jim Trotter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

It isn't clear why Boldin is calling it quits just two weeks after signing with the Bills, but his departure leaves the team with even more uncertainty at receiver. The 15-year veteran will retire ninth all time in receptions (1,076), 14th in receiving yards (13,779) and 23rd in receiving touchdowns (82).

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
4 months ago

Boldin caught one pass for five yards on three targets in Thursday's preseason game against Buffalo.

EDGE Analysis

Boldin appeared to get snaps both outside and from the slot, after almost exclusively playing inside the past two years in Detroit and San Francisco. He may be moved around out of necessity as part of a shaky receiving corps, especially considering that Jordan Matthews (sternum) has also done his best work from the slot. With Sammy Watkins gone and Matthews sidelined, Tyrod Taylor looked horrific in Thursday's game, often forced to bail on plays and panicking on multiple occasions when he couldn't find an open man. The Bills admittedly were facing a tough opponent and still have time to cobble together a respectable passing attack before Week 1.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
4 months ago

Boldin will make his debut for Buffalo on Thursday night in Philadelphia, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Bills have pretty much a brand-new receiving corps this season, while Boldin was just signed last week. Hence, much of the slotting still needs to be worked out, though Boldin is generally thought to fit at the very least in the top three and the guy most likely to work from the slot. Even at 36, Boldin remains a guy who knows who to haul in his share of catches, though no one's pretending he has breakaway speed at this stage of his career. What's odd is the Bills now have no stud receiver after trading Sammy Watkins, while several guys seemingly fit the same kind of make-up -- bigger targets with good hands that aren't known for stretching the field.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
4 months ago

Boldin's fit within the Bills offense could be complicated by Friday's trade acquisition of Jordan Matthews, who also prefers to operate out of the slot, NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Boldin only signed with Buffalo this week, but it's already a bit unknown how Buffalo will maximize both he and Matthews within its scheme. 15 years into his NFL service, Boldin no longer possesses the explosiveness needed to gain separation outside, thus restricting him to making his impact from the slot. Through his first three seasons, however, Matthews has totaled 225 catches, 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns while predominately operating from a similar spot. As a result, the Bills suddenly have a pair of slot specialists, which figures to hurt Boldin most considering the value the team surrendered for Matthews.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
4 months ago

Boldin, signed by the Bills on Monday, will not play in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Vikings, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Boldin is still getting up to speed, and with plenty of potential roster cuts to evaluate there's no reason to rush things for the first preseason game. We expect him to see action in next week's preseason contest.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
4 months ago

Boldin mostly worked from the slot with the starting offense Tuesday in his first practice with the Bills, Chris Brown of the team's official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

Boldin mostly figures to work from the slot for a third straight season, but there's still an opportunity for him to emerge as Tyrod Taylor's second or third target in an offense that lacks proven pass catchers beyond Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy. The 36-year-old's presence likely means rookie second-round pick Zay Jones will get more work on the outside, where he's seemingly the favorite to lock down a starting job over the likes of Andre Holmes, Rod Streater and Philly Brown.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
4 months ago

Boldin is signing a one-year contract with the Bills, NFL Network's Peter Schrager reports.

EDGE Analysis

Boldin joins Buffalo for what will be his 15th NFL season. The veteran visited the Bills last month, and although he walked away without a contract then, he'll now return to bolster the team's depth at wide receiver. Considering the uncertainty behind oft-injured No. 1 option Sammy Watkins, Boldin could prove to be a reliable target for Tyrod Taylor, even though his upside at this point in his career is fairly low. To his credit, though, Boldin led the Lions with eight touchdown receptions last term, and has never caught under 55 passes or gone for under 580 yards in any season.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
5 months ago

Boldin visited the Bills on Monday but left team facilities without a deal in place, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.

EDGE Analysis

This doesn't mean the Bills won't sign him, but it also reveals this is definitely not a slam-dunk fit either -- perhaps it has to be a friendly contract fit for the team, or maybe the veteran Boldin has another angle or two he wants to first explore. If he does sign with Buffalo, an already difficult-to-read receiver situation -- once you get past Sammy Watkins -- will be adding another few walls to the maze.