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Anquan Boldin’s New Deal Maintains San Francisco 49ers’ Contender Status for 2014

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As the NFL offseason begins to ramp up, key contributors around the league will begin to re-sign with their current teams or decide to look elsewhere for future endeavors.

One of the first big-name players to re-sign with their current team was San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin who reached a deal Monday that keeps him in the city by the bay for at least another two years. The deal that keeps Boldin off the open market is reportedly worth $12 million with $9 million guaranteed.

The wide receiver who was acquired last season via trade from the Baltimore Ravens was the 49ers’ leading target with 1,179 receiving yards while helping San Francisco make a third straight appearance in the NFC Championship game where the team fell just short of a return trip to the Super Bowl.

Boldin proved to be the backbone of the 49ers’ offense in the 2013 season as fellow wide receiver Michael Crabtree was sidelined the majority of the year while recovering from injury. With Crabtree and Mario Manningham out, Boldin found himself double and triple teamed throughout the season, yet the three-time Pro Bowler still found a way to have a breakout year in the face of adversity.

Boldin and Crabtree have both proven to have a great rapport with up and coming quarterback Colin Kaepernick, leading many to believe a championship is around the corner for the legendary franchise. This move will definitely go a long way in achieving that goal, but will Boldin be the signing that gets the 49ers to the promised land?

Boldin is a player the 49ers had to sign to remain competitive in the daunting NFC West as the team looks to avenge last season’s loss in the NFC title game. With Boldin, the 49ers remain among the favorites to capture the championship in the upcoming season with the mindset of creating a dynasty 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.