Anquan Boldin to Sign 1-Year Deal with Lions

Joseph ZuckerFeatured Columnist

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) runs against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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Anquan Boldin was selective this offseason as he looked for a new team late in his career, but he's reportedly settled on a new squad as ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport report Boldin is heading to the Detroit Lions on a one-year deal.

Schefter, citing sources, reported on June 13 that Boldin was set to visit Detroit.

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. 

The Lions could use another reliable set of hands with Calvin Johnson opting to retire. While Boldin isn't what he used to be, he's still a capable option for Matthew Stafford as the Lions look to contend in the NFC North this season.