The San Francisco 49ers have been a team on the rise over the past two seasons. Starting with the hiring of Jim Harbaugh, the franchise has turned things around after several years of disappointing football in the Bay Area. Most of the key players from last year’s Super Bowl run will return in 2013, so the 49ers should find themselves right back where they were a season ago.
However, one player that could make the difference this time around – Anquan Boldin.
Acquired for a mere sixth round draft pick, Boldin will take his talents across the US to play for the team he just defeated in SB 47. It was a surprising move on many levels, but ultimately the 49ers sit in better position with the veteran receiver.
Boldin is going to bring a strong presence to the San Francisco receiver corps. He’ll essentially replace Randy Moss as the ‘old man’ on the offense, but should be way more productive than the future hall-of-famer. While he will still be the old guy, he’s actually four years younger than Moss.
While you wouldn’t say that Boldin single-handedly propelled the Baltimore Ravens in the postseason this past year, he definitely played a huge role for the eventual champs. Boldin was Joe Flacco‘s go-to receiver when the pressure was on, and without him, I don’t know if Baltimore hoists the Lombardi trophy.
Now San Francisco has him, and they have a chance to finish what they started last year. Boldin takes the 49ers’ offense up a notch, and even though he’s aging, he’ll no doubt add to the squad. Just with his winning attitude and veteran presence, he figures to give San Francisco something it never got from Moss.
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