Where would the San Francisco 49ers have been in 2013 without Anquan Boldin? The likely answer is nowhere near the NFC title game. Boldin was the 49ers receiving corps for the majority of the season. As many other San Francisco pass-catchers battled injuries, Boldin started all 16 games on his way to another 1,000-yard season. In total he caught 85 passes for 1,179 yards with seven touchdowns. On top of that, he was yet again reliable in the playoffs, coming up with many clutch grabs for the Niners as they fell just short of a return to the Super Bowl.
So given all that, you’d think that it’s a no-brainer that he’ll be back in San Fran next season, right?
Things aren’t always simple in the NFL, but the word on the internet right now is that Boldin and the 49ers want to work out a deal. If you’re a fan of the team, that’s great news. Because even though he’s 33-years old and not that fast anymore, there are few better when it counts most.
With Colin Kaepernick under center, the Niners would be foolish to let Boldin walk. He’s a proven safety valve, which is something that every young QB needs. His presence on offense is crucial to the team’s success.
I don’t know how long an offer is reasonable for a guy Boldin’s age, but you’d have to think he’ll get two or three years. There’s no point to re-signing him for just one year. He’s clearly got quite a bit left in the tank and he’s continued to prove his value every season of his 11-year career.