Boldin confirmed Thursday that he intends to play in 2017, Jamey Eisenberg of CBS Sports reports. "I'm still healthy, still going strong," Boldin said at his charity golf event in Pahokee, Fla. "I still have the passion." Since the advent of free agency last month, various reports have intimated that Boldin will play a 15th NFL campaign. The only question now seems to be his landing spot. Two of his former head coaches, John Harbaugh of Baltimore and Jim Caldwell of Detroit, have expressed interest in regaining his services. After posting his most touchdowns (eight) and highest catch rate (70.5) since 2008 in the latter locale last season, Boldin may be more inclined to return to the Lions. Having said that, he isn't expected to make a decision until close to training camp, so his upcoming organization will remain unknown for some time.
Lions general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Jim Caldwell suggested the team is open to re-signing Boldin, who plans to come back for a 15th NFL season, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports. Boldin was a solid possession target out of the slot in Detroit last season, with his eight touchdowns and impressive catch rate (70.5 percent) making up for his lowly mark of 6.1 yards per target. He should be able to fill a similar role for at least one more season, but the cap-strapped Lions may not be willing to meet his contract expectations. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he'd like to have Boldin back in Baltimore, where the 36-year-old wideout served as Joe Flacco's go-to receiver from 2010 to 2012. Other possible fits include the Bills, Broncos, Titans and Panthers.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he would support bringing Boldin back to the team, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports. A reunion with the Ravens would make quite a bit of sense, as the team could use a veteran possession receiver to replace the retired Steve Smith. Harbaugh did acknowledge he isn't sure if Boldin would even be interested in a return to Baltimore, where he played from 2010 to 2012 alongside Joe Flacco. The Ravens traded Boldin to the 49ers during the 2013 offseason, just months after he played a starring role in the team's second championship. The 36-year-old wideout isn't expected to sign a contract anytime soon.
Boldin isn't expected to ink a contract until close to training camp, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. Boldin has already committed to a 15th NFL season, but the waiting game will likely extend well into summer, as he didn't land in Detroit last year until the cusp of training camp. Depending on how the Lions proceed through the remnants of free agency and April's draft, they may enter the offseason program with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones entrenched at the top of the depth chart, with sparse experienced WR options behind the duo. If so, another season with the NFC North runners up could be in the offing. As a slot man and key red-zone option for Matthew Stafford in 2016, Boldin reeled in 67 of 95 passes for 584 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns.
Boldin has decided to return for a 15th NFL season, ESPN's Jim Trotter reports. Boldin led the Lions with eight touchdown receptions, despite being 36 years old this past season. Although the veteran is mostly a short-yardage target at this point in his decorated career, he's still posted at least 55 receptions and 580 yards in each of his previous 14 campaigns. With that remarkable consistency, Boldin should now have a number of suitors as a free agent.
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