The NFL offseason is filled with eye-popping contracts, trades and stress for fans and executives alike, but the most important process in the offseason might just be free agency. Teams that sign the right players in the offseason are usually the teams that end up making Super Bowl runs and go on to glory. As NFL free agency ramps up in the coming weeks, look for several big-name to be retained and watch out for unexpected signings through the NFL Draft.
One of the biggest names in contract talks this season is wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Boldin has been a dominant force in the league for quite some time now and has more than proven his worth, so it will be interesting to see what his price tag is this offseason.
Boldin was traded last year from the Baltimore Ravens to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick. The veteran receiver proved to be well worth the investment for the 49ers, as he served as Colin Kaepernick‘s security blanket while leading the team in receiving yards in the wake of Michael Crabtree‘s absence.
Boldin, even at age 33, had another dominant season with 1,179 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 85 receptions in a season that saw the 49ers just come up short in the NFC Championship game. Boldin is scheduled to be a free agent, but the 49ers are already in contract talks hoping to bring back the receiver for at least another season.
The 49ers and Boldin both had a roller coaster ride last season, but came together down the stretch and sparked an eight-game win streak before losing to the team’s archrival. With another year under Kaepernick’s belt and Crabtree at full strength, the 49ers with Boldin will remain in the championship contenders conversation for years to come.
Boldin has bounced around throughout his career, but San Francisco could be the final destination on the pro-bowler’s tour. Boldin fits well in the city by the bay and has shown that he is still capable of producing big numbers, so why would he leave a historic football city as it is on its way to multiple championships in the coming years?
Greg Douglas is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.