Veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin has reportedly decided to return to the NFL for his 15th season as a pro and is now a free agent heading into 2017.
Add Anquan Boldin to list of free-agent wideouts. The veteran has decided to return for a 15th season. He led DET w/ 8 TD catches in '16.
— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) March 13, 2017
Originally a second round pick out of Florida State, Boldin spent his first seven seasons as a member of the Arizona Cardinals. He then was traded to the Baltimore Ravens in 2010 and ended up winning a Super Bowl with them after the 2012 season, helping to beat the team he joined the next year, the San Francisco 49ers.
Boldin then spent three years in San Francisco before signing a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions last year.
Proving he still has it as one of the NFL’s premier possession receivers, he led the Lions with eight touchdown receptions while catching 67 balls for 584 yards.
While nobody will mistake Boldin for a track star (he never was) there can be no doubt he still possesses value, both as a productive receiver and locker room leader. It’s going to be interesting to see where the veteran lands, though at this point one has to believe he’ll be looking at teams with championship-or-bust potential.