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Anquan Boldin | Wide Receiver

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/3/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Florida State
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Anquan Boldin caught 2-of-3 targets for 19 yards in Sunday's third preseason game versus San Diego.
Steady as they come, Boldin has three grabs for 29 yards through three weeks of the preseason. Boldin isn't going to light up the stat sheet with Michael Crabtree healthy and Vernon Davis as a red-zone monster, but he's still productive at 33 years old. There's a good chance he out-produces his 11th-round ADP. Aug 24 - 6:17 PM

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49ers re-signed WR Anquan Boldin to a two-year, $12 million contract with $5.5 million guaranteed.

Boldin, 33, capitalized on Michael Crabtree's 11 missed games in 2013 en route to a five-year high in catches (85) and seven-year high in yards (1,179) with seven touchdowns as the 49ers' default No. 1 wideout. Boldin can still physically dominate defensive backs on occasion, but turns 34 in the first half of next season, and last year's opportunity-inflated numbers aren't a reliable indication of what's to come. Boldin's return to San Francisco has more real-life than fantasy impact. He'll be a low-ceiling, borderline WR3 in 2014 re-draft leagues. Look for Crabtree to reemerge as the Niners' No. 1 wideout. If the season began today, the 49ers' top three receivers would be Crabtree, Boldin, and promising sophomore Quinton Patton, with Vernon Davis at tight end.
Mar 3 - 2:20 PM

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.
Mar 3 - 1:49 PM

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.
Feb 23 - 11:00 AM

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.
Feb 20 - 2:12 PM

A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk.com 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.
Feb 18 - 8:57 PM

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.
Feb 16 - 2:28 PM

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.
Feb 13 - 5:56 PM

NFL Network's 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 likely get done.
Feb 12 - 9:26 PM

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.
Feb 6 - 10:37 AM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 5 - 9:35 PM

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 guaranteed money beyond 2014 despite leading the 49ers in receiving this season. The Niners should make a strong play to retain him.
Jan 19 - 10:56 PM

Anquan Boldin recorded game highs in receptions (8) and yards (136) as the 49ers downed the Panthers in Sunday's Divisional Round game.

Boldin's first catch went for 20 down the left sideline on a back-shoulder pass from Colin Kaepernick. He made two more strong-handed receptions on San Francisco's final possession of the first half for gains of 14 and 15 against zone looks from Carolina, setting up Vernon Davis' lead-grabbing touchdown. Boldin tacked on a 16-yarder on the Niners' opening second-half drive, followed by a deep sluggo route over the top of Captain Munnerlyn for a 45-yard bomb. Boldin's ability to win despite an inability to create "separation" continues to make him a valuable and at-times dominant asset in San Francisco's pass game. He turned 33 in October. Boldin posted regular season stat lines of 1-7 and 6-93 against NFC Championship game opponent Seattle.
Jan 12 - 4:07 PM

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.
Jan 5 - 8:19 PM

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 carried 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.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 08:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Colin Kaepernick
2Blaine Gabbert
3Josh Johnson
RB1Frank Gore
2Carlos Hyde
3LaMichael James
4Marcus Lattimore
GLB1Frank Gore
2Carlos Hyde
3RB1Frank Gore
2Carlos Hyde
FB1Bruce Miller
2Will Tukuafu
3Trey Millard
WR11Michael Crabtree
2Stevie Johnson
3Brandon Lloyd
WR21Anquan Boldin
2Quinton Patton
3Bruce Ellington
4L'Damian Washington
WR31Stevie Johnson
TE1Vernon Davis
2Vance McDonald
3Garrett Celek
4Derek Carrier
5Kyle Nelson
K1Phil Dawson