Anquan Boldin
WR FA
4 days ago4 Comments

Boldin said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Monday that he would "prefer to sign [with a team] right before training camp."

EDGE Analysis

Boldin, now 36 years old, admitted he's intentionally waiting to sign a contract partly in order to limit the wear and tear he puts on his body. However, he referred to training camp as a "necessary evil" that all players -- even veterans -- need to go through to fully prepare for the season ahead. Following the same course of action last year, Boldin ultimately signed with the Lions just days before training camp and went on to post 67 receptions for 584 receiving yards and a team-high eight touchdowns.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
2 months ago

Boldin has not been in contact with the Lions for more than a month, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Boldin expressed interest in returning to Detroit when he announced his intention to play a 15th professional season, but it isn't clear if the two sides have even tried to make progress on a possible contract. The team selected wideout Kenny Golladay in the third round of the 2017 draft, and then gave Boldin's old number (80) to fourth-round selection Michael Roberts. While that doesn't necessarily rule out a return, it's clear the Lions aren't counting on having Boldin on the team. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has mentioned on multiple occasions that he'd be open to a reunion with the 36-year-old receiver.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
2 months ago

Lions general manger Bob Quinn said the door is still open for Boldin to re-sign with the team, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports. "We've had some communication with Anquan," Quinn said. "That was back in I'd say March, so really no update on our end of things. I know they said he's been communicating with a couple other teams, but nothing to update. Door's open."

EDGE Analysis

Rumored to have interest in some of the draft's top wideouts, Detroit ultimately waited on the position until the end of the third round, selecting Northern Illinois product Kenny Golladay at No. 96 overall. The Lions might not mind having Golladay compete with T.J. Jones, Jace Billingsley and others for the No. 3 role, but Boldin's presence would provide some stability for an offense that otherwise appears set across the board. The 36-year-old is expected to wait until June or July to officially sign with a team. Another one of his former squads, the Ravens, has also expressed interest and has a more glaring need for receiving talent. Denver could also be a fit.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
3 months ago

Boldin confirmed Thursday that he intends to play in 2017, Jamey Eisenberg of CBS Sports reports. "I'm still healthy, still going strong," Boldin said at his charity golf event in Pahokee, Fla. "I still have the passion."

EDGE Analysis

Since the advent of free agency last month, various reports have intimated that Boldin will play a 15th NFL campaign. The only question now seems to be his landing spot. Two of his former head coaches, John Harbaugh of Baltimore and Jim Caldwell of Detroit, have expressed interest in regaining his services. After posting his most touchdowns (eight) and highest catch rate (70.5) since 2008 in the latter locale last season, Boldin may be more inclined to return to the Lions. Having said that, he isn't expected to make a decision until close to training camp, so his upcoming organization will remain unknown for some time.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
3 months ago

Lions general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Jim Caldwell suggested the team is open to re-signing Boldin, who plans to come back for a 15th NFL season, The Detroit News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Boldin was a solid possession target out of the slot in Detroit last season, with his eight touchdowns and impressive catch rate (70.5 percent) making up for his lowly mark of 6.1 yards per target. He should be able to fill a similar role for at least one more season, but the cap-strapped Lions may not be willing to meet his contract expectations. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he'd like to have Boldin back in Baltimore, where the 36-year-old wideout served as Joe Flacco's go-to receiver from 2010 to 2012. Other possible fits include the Bills, Broncos, Titans and Panthers.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
3 months ago

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he would support bringing Boldin back to the team, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.

EDGE Analysis

A reunion with the Ravens would make quite a bit of sense, as the team could use a veteran possession receiver to replace the retired Steve Smith. Harbaugh did acknowledge that he isn't sure if Boldin would even be interested in a return to Baltimore, where he played from 2010 to 2012 alongside Joe Flacco. The Ravens traded Boldin to the 49ers during the 2013 offseason, just months after he played a starring role in the team's second championship. The 36-year-old wideout isn't expected to sign a contract anytime soon.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
3 months ago

Boldin isn't expected to ink a contract until close to training camp, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Boldin has already committed to a 15th NFL season, but the waiting game will likely extend well into summer, as he didn't land in Detroit last year until the cusp of training camp. Depending on how the Lions proceed through the remnants of free agency and April's draft, they may enter the offseason program with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones entrenched at the top of the depth chart, with sparse experienced WR options behind the duo. If so, another season with the NFC North runners up could be in the offing. As a slot man and key red-zone option for Matthew Stafford in 2016, Boldin reeled in 67 of 95 passes for 584 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
3 months ago

Boldin has decided to return for a 15th NFL season, ESPN's Jim Trotter reports.

EDGE Analysis

Boldin led the Lions with eight touchdown receptions despite being 36 years old this past season. Although the veteran is mostly a short-yardage target at this point in his decorated career, he's still posted at least 55 receptions and 580 in each of his previous 14 campaigns. With that remarkable consistency, Boldin should now have a number of suitors as a free agent.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
5 months ago

Boldin hinted he is open to playing again in 2017, ESPN reports. "There's still a passion that burns within me for football," admitted the veteran receiver.

EDGE Analysis

Boldin notched nine touchdowns in 2016, good for ninth in the league and a particularly impressive feat considering he turned 36 in October. The veteran was arguably one of the best free-agent signings of the year and shouldn't have a hard time finding a suitor if he decides to continue his playing career.

Anquan Boldin
WR FA
5 months ago

Boldin caught two of six targets for 24 yards during the Lions' 26-6 postseason loss to the Seahawks on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Boldin had been a savvy route runner all season for Detroit but was simply unable to create much separation against a Seahawks' secondary ranking top-10 in passing yards allowed per game this year. The quiet finish doesn't take away from Boldin's fantastic 2016 campaign, though, one in which the 36-year-old vet totaled 67 receptions and eight touchdowns. Now set to enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, Boldin looks to have plenty left in the tank at this stage in his career and should have no problem landing a new contract.