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Anquan Boldin | Wide Receiver | #81

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (36) / 10/3/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 2 (54) / ARZ
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Anquan Boldin told SiriusXM NFL Radio's Ross Tucker he is "done with the sport of football."
Boldin decided to retire after spending 13 days with the Bills. There was speculation he would be willing to sign on with a contender, but he says his "passion is elsewhere." If this is the end, Boldin finishes his career with 1,076 catches for 13,779 yards and 82 touchdowns. Those numbers rank ninth, 14th, and 23rd all-time respectively. Aug 21 - 10:52 AM

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ESPN's Jim Trotter reports Anquan Boldin has elected to retire.

He lasted 13 days after signing a one-year deal. After the Bills made the unprecedented maneuver to trade both their best wide receiver AND cornerback just weeks before the start of the season, 37-year-old Boldin decided it wasn't worth it staying in Buffalo anymore. He had been running with the first-team offense. The Bills are left with Zay Jones and Jordan Matthews with Andre Holmes and Rod Streater behind them. We wouldn't be surprised if Boldin resurfaced with a team in a few weeks. We would be surprised if the Bills won more than a handful of games this season. The new regime is off to a rocky start.
Aug 20 - 8:14 PM

Anquan Boldin has been lining up in the slot with the Bills' first-team offense.

That's where Boldin spent 82.9 percent of his time for the Lions last season. Boldin's occupation of the middle means second-rounder Zay Jones will primarily work on the perimeter. Boldin has caught at least 56 passes every year since 2003.
Aug 8 - 2:38 PM

Bills signed WR Anquan Boldin to a one-year, $2.75 million contract.

The deal includes another $1.25 million in incentives. GM Brandon Beane said talks with Boldin were "at a stall" last week, but the veteran apparently had a change of heart over the weekend. Boldin will not offer much down the field, but he should be a reliable target for Tyrod Taylor both underneath and in the red zone. With Boldin in town, rookie Zay Jones' redraft value takes a big hit.
Aug 7 - 12:28 PM

Speaking with WGR 550 Buffalo, Bills GM Brandon Beane said talks with free agent Anquan Boldin are "at a stall."

"Anquan is at a time in his life where I think family is very important...I’m not sure where he's at with that," Beane said. "He's got to be all in and that's where we left it. If he's not then, we’ll let him make that decision when he’s ready." Previous reports suggested Boldin wants to play close to his home in Florida, something the Bills obviously cannot offer. With Zay Jones reportedly showing well in camp, signing Boldin is not as big of a priority as it once was, but he would still be a welcome addition to the offense.
Source: WGR 550
Aug 3 - 11:29 AM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports free agent Anquan Boldin will visit the Bills on Monday.

Boldin had planned to sign with a team just prior to training camp and it looks like he'll have a chance to do just that. The Bills are thin at receiver outside of injury-prone Sammy Watkins and pursued Jeremy Maclin and Eric Decker before those players signed elsewhere last month. Boldin has a history with Tyrod Taylor, who was his teammate in Baltimore for two seasons. Entering his age-37 season, Boldin isn't as explosive as he was early in his career but he's still a savvy possession receiver with a nose for the end zone. He pulled in 67 catches for 594 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns with the Lions last season.
Jul 21 - 2:12 PM

Free agent Anquan Boldin said he has a visit scheduled with an undisclosed team for next Sunday.

Boldin added that he hopes to sign with a contender, which he made clear through the Detroit Free Press earlier this offseason. Turning 37 in October, Boldin remains a useful possession receiver, although he's not quite the tackle breaker he once was. He led the Lions with 22 red-zone targets in 2016.
Jul 17 - 5:57 PM

In an interview with Arizona Sports 98.7, free agent Anquan Boldin said he wants to sign "right before training camp."

When asked about his preferred destination, Boldin simply said he is looking for the "right situation," but reports suggest he wants to stay close to his Florida home. When he is finally ready to sign, Boldin should not have much trouble finding a suitor.
Jun 19 - 11:21 PM

"Some close to" free agent Anquan Boldin "have suggested he'd prefer to play ... near his home in Florida."

Boldin is from Pahokee (FL) and played college ball at Florida State. The Bucs, Dolphins, and Jaguars are the NFL's Florida teams, although none of them have wide receiver needs. Staying down south, the Titans check some boxes after flirting with free agent Eric Decker, while the Panthers could make sense depending on how Devin Funchess and Curtis Samuel fare in training camp.
Jun 15 - 9:58 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said the team has not spoken with free agent WR Anquan Boldin recently.

Boldin caught eight touchdowns as an important weapon for the Lions last season, but the team seemed to move on when they drafted Kenny Golladay in the third round. Still, Caldwell cautioned to "never say never." The Lions and Ravens reportedly showed interest in the veteran in April, but neither seem like a good possibility now.
Source: ESPN
Jun 15 - 10:07 AM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said the door remains "open" for free agent Anquan Boldin.

"We’ve had some communication with Anquan," said Quinn. "That was back in I’d say March, so really no update on our end of things." The 36-year-old is coming off another solid season that included 67 catches, 584 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns. Boldin may opt to skip offseason work by signing closer to the start of training camp, which is what he did last year. The 14-year veteran said he has no plans to retire.
Apr 29 - 10:40 PM

CBS Sports reports the Lions and Ravens have both expressed interest in re-signing free agent Anquan Boldin.

A Raven from 2010-12, Boldin was a Lion last season. Both teams have depth issues at receiver. For his part, Boldin has said he plans to wait until close to training camp to pick his 2017 home. Last year, Boldin didn't sign with the Lions until late July.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 6 - 5:43 PM

Free agent Anquan Boldin is still planning to play in 2017.

ESPN's Jim Trotter reported as much last month. Boldin has previously said he doesn't expect to find a new home until around training camp. That would be similar to what he did last year. Headed into his age-37 campaign, Boldin is willing to wait as long as possible to find the right situation.
Apr 6 - 1:18 PM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he would be interested in bringing back free agent Anquan Boldin.

"I do believe he can still play at the highest level," Harbaugh said. Boldin played for the Ravens from 2010-12 and would fill their need for a possession receiver. The veteran will return for his 15th season, but he is not expected to sign until closer to training camp. Boldin caught 67 passes for 584 yards (8.7 YPR) and eight scores with the Lions last season.
Source: ESPN
Mar 28 - 11:41 AM

Free agent Anquan Boldin doesn’t expect to sign until the start of training camp.

Boldin didn’t sign with Detroit until late July last year. He plans to play another season, but hasn’t been connected to any teams. The Lions haven’t ruled out bringing Boldin back.
Source: ESPN
Mar 18 - 7:11 PM

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