Boldin still works out every day and believes he could continue playing in the NFL if he wanted to, though he said he hasn't put too much thought into the matter recently, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Boldin signed with the Bills last year during training camp and retired a couple weeks later to focus on humanitarian work, with his assessment of the Buffalo roster possibly a factor in the decision. He reportedly still had some level of interest in playing as of late October, but the Bills didn't surrender their rights to the 37-year-old wideout until the start of the new league year Wednesday. Boldin is free to sign with any team, but he's currently focused on his work with the Players Coalition, helping prospects prepare for the upcoming draft. While he might be enticed by an opportunity to play close to his home in Florida, neither the Dolphins nor Bucs are in need of a veteran possession receiver. The Panthers, Falcons and Saints could use a No. 3 receiver, but each of the three seems more inclined to test out younger, faster players.
The Bills released Boldin from the reserve/retired list Wednesday, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Boldin signed with the Bills last summer and then retired during the preseason. He's now free to sign with another team, and while there isn't much reason to think he will do so since Boldin will turn 38 in October, he did show an interest in playing for one of the Florida-based teams after he retired, though the Bills refused to release his rights at the time.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane said Tuesday that the team wouldn't release its rights to Boldin and allow him to play anywhere else this season, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports. "We made a commitment to Anquan, and he made a commitment to us back in [training] camp. He left for the reasons he mentioned back in August," Beane said, alluding to Boldin's announcement that he would retire shortly after he signed a one-year deal with Buffalo.
About two months after indicating his career was over and subsequently landing on the Bills' reserve/retired list, the 37-year-old Boldin informed management that he was still interested in keeping his career going if he could play for a team closer to his home in Florida. The Bills reportedly gave Boldin and his agent permission about a week ago to speak with prospective suitors for the "sole purpose of discussing a trade," but with the veteran wideout's rights remaining with Buffalo following Tuesday's deadline for any deal, it looks likely that he'll stay retired. Rather than holding out hope that Boldin might reconsider his stance and play for them, the Bills were proactive in bolstering their weak wideout corps for the second half of the season, acquiring Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers on Tuesday to likely serve as their new No. 1 receiver.
Boldin is interested in playing again and the Bills have given his agent permission to seek a trade with another team (the Bills hold his rights) if there's a fit, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports, per a letter ESPN obtained.
While Boldin is likely moving past his fantasy days, he did have eight touchdown catches for the Lions last season and could probably serve as a decent No. 3 receiver for someone. This is the time of year when a number of teams are working through wideout injuries, and with plenty of franchises about to go on bye it seems someone would be willing to bring in and assess Boldin, assuming the 37-year-old is truly interested in playing again after surprisingly retiring from football right before the 2017 season. It's thought that Boldin would ideally like to play closer to his Florida home, but that state's three teams are pretty well stocked at the receiver position.
Boldin announced his retirement from the NFL on Sunday, Jim Trotter of ESPN reports.
While it isn't clear why Boldin is calling it quits just two weeks after signing a one-year contract with the Bills, the gritty veteran has plenty to hang his hat as he looks back on a 14-year career that all started with the Cardinals selecting him in the second round of the 2003 draft. Boldin immediately exploded onto the scene -- catching 10 passes for 217 yards in his first game -- and ultimately finished as the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Then, after earning three Pro Bowl nods along the way, Boldin won a Super Bowl title with the Ravens before making separate, less celebrated stints with the 49ers and Lions. He'll retire ninth all time in receptions (1,076), 14th in receiving yards (13,779) and tied for 23rd in receiving touchdowns (82). As for the Bills, Boldin's departure leaves the team with even more uncertainty at receiver. Second-round rookie Zay Jones is probably the favorite to claim the starting role opposite Jordan Matthews, but Andre Holmes is still around while Rod Streater (toe) could make a bid as well.
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||85||1179||13.9||63||7||19||3||62|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||83||1062||12.8||76||5||14||1||56|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||14||13||69||789||11.4||51||4||10||1||35|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||2||11||5.5||11||0||0||1|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||1||4||4.0||4||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||14||13||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||1||0||0.0||0||0.00||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||39.6|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||14||13||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||14||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||14||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||14||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|