— Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) March 3, 2014
Boldin was scheduled to become a free agent at the start of the new league year on March 11. According to CSNBayArea.com, Boldin has signed a two-year extension worth $12 million, $9 million of that guaranteed.
“Looking forward to joining my teammates, coaching staff and fans to bring back another championship to the Bay Area,” Boldin wrote on his foundation website. “Let’s go after our Quest For Six.”
The 49ers acquired Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens last spring in exchange for a sixth-round pick and the veteran out of Florida State wound up carrying the passing game for much of the season while Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham and rookie Quinton Patton battled injuries.
Boldin had 85 receptions on a team-high 130 targets last season, racking up 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns. It was the first time since 2009 Boldin had cracked the 1,000-yard mark in a season and the seven touchdown receptions were his most since 2010. His 85 catches were the most he’s had since 2008.
Boldin is fifth among active players with 857 career receptions, 20th-most all-time, and his 11,344 receiving yards is sixth among active players.
He was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Cardinals, where he played his first seven seasons before going to Baltimore for three years.
Boldin, who will turn 34 in October, likely won’t need to put up 80-plus catches and 1,000-plus yards in 2014 with a healthy Crabtree lined up on the other side, but his presence makes it more difficult for teams to roll extra coverage to his receiving partner.
He is one of those players who can best be described as a “pro;” he shows up, does his job, doesn’t need a lot of fanfare—in short, he’s the antithesis of the diva receiver personality that has become so prevalent in the NFL.
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