Anquan Boldin will be selective this offseason as he looks for a new team late in his career.
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Baalke Comments on Potential Boldin Reunion
Friday, May 13
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said the 49ers haven't ruled out re-signing Boldin, but they are looking at their options and like their young talent at the wide receiver position, per Tom Pelissero of USA Today.
I wouldn't say that door has been shut by any stretch. But where it is, it's where it was when we left off (the season). He's going to explore his options, and we're going to explore ours. We got a draft to go through. It would be later than sooner, in terms of the final decision that's made.
Boldin Comments on Free Agency
Thursday, April 14
"I'm taking my time right now," Boldin said, per Jamey Eisenberg of CBS Sports. "It's the first time in 13 years I've been a free agent, so I get to pick where I want to go now. I'm definitely going to take my time and make the best decision for me and my family."
Boldin said on April 7 that he "has a few options" but will take his time and "plans to wait to sign with a new team," per Eisenberg. Boldin also explained his only priority is winning.
Redskins to Meet with Boldin
Tuesday, March 29
Boldin Still Productive WR Late in Career
Boldin remains a reliable receiver. He caught 69 passes for 789 yards and four touchdowns with the San Francisco 49ers last season, all of which led the team.
Strictly in terms of numbers, he's enjoyed much more success in the Bay Area than he did in his three years with the Baltimore Ravens; however, the 35-year-old won a Super Bowl with Baltimore and reached the playoffs each of those three years.
That kind of team success has eluded the three-time Pro Bowler of late, though, and at this stage of his career, it's no surprise he'd prioritize playing for a likely contender in 2016. Any one of the Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots or Kansas City Chiefs would benefit from Boldin's arrival, and he's sure to have even more suitors in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the 49ers might be better off letting a wideout who will turn 36 next season walk in free agency. Hiring Chip Kelly as head coach was a bold move but not the kind of move that looks to make San Francisco a winning team overnight.
Boldin offers little in the way of long-term value, and the Niners should be able to find a player who can help both in the present and the future to replace him.