New 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin spoke to the media today after his trade to the 49ers became official.
Boldin, who was acquired from the Ravens for a sixth round pick, hinted that he would be welcome to staying long-term in San Francisco.
“I think any time you go somewhere, you don’t want to just be there for a year,” said Boldin. “You definitely want to know that you’re wanted. And you want to feel like that’s home. You don’t want to feel like it’s just a stop.”
He is currently on a one-year deal worth $6 million, and says that the 49ers have not spoken to him about restructuring his contract.
Boldin, a 10-year veteran and three-time Pro Bowler, had 65 receptions for 921 yards last season.
However, despite winning the Super Bowl with the Ravens, Boldin refused to take a pay cut and Baltimore shipped him to San Francisco.
Boldin entered the league in 2003 as the 54th overall pick by the Cardinals, but quickly showed that he deserved to be drafted much higher. He set a record for rookies with 101 catches for 1,377 yards, and was the named the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
His success continued over the years, and in 2009, Boldin became the fifth-fastest NFL player ever to gain 7,000 receiving yards.
In 2010, after back-to-back 1,000-plus yard seasons, Boldin was traded to the Ravens for a couple draft picks. He wasn’t as effective in Baltimore, but still played a major role in their offense and was able to consistently get into the end zone.
Boldin should be fairly comfortable with the trade, considering that Jim Harbaugh, brother of Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh, is on the sidelines for the 49ers.