It’s very rare to see a wide receiver be voted team MVP one year, then not be asked back by that team in the offseason. However, that could be the situation regarding Anquan Boldin and the San Francisco 49ers. Sure, Boldin turned in a magnificent season in 2013, but is he really worth any sort of long-term commitment considering he will be 34 years old in October?
At this point in time it’s hard to give a swift yes or no to that question. Of course, San Francisco would love to have a veteran like Boldin in the mix, who can not only mentor other wide receivers, but also has the ability to go for over 1,000 receiving yards at the same time. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple as the 49ers have to keep in mind the contracts of Colin Kaepernick, Aldon Smith and Frank Gore will all be up after the 2014 season.
Therefore, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke is going to have to let at least one player out of that powerful quartet hit the road. In my mind, Boldin is the weakest link. Listen, Michael Crabtree might not be the most explosive wide receiver, but he and Vernon Davis can combine to do enough for this 49ers’ offense — at least for the time being. Heck, the Seattle Seahawks are playing in Super Bowl XLVIII with Golden Tate as the team’s top wideout!
I’m not saying that it would be wise to kick Boldin to the curb, but the 49ers better think long and hard before they have this aging wide receiver sign on the dotted line.