Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin mentioned during an interview with Geoff Hobson that they’re comfortable with their current group of receivers and haven’t considered signing a veteran receiver like Anquan Boldin.
“I don’t like to proclaim yes or no on anybody that’s out there, but we have not had any discussions with him,” Tobin said, via Bengals.com. “We feel pretty good about some young guys that we have in that position group. It’s a position group that’s in flux, and it’s a position group that’s going to have to step up – particularly with Eifert out early in the year. We’re going to have to have some production from there and we have some good candidates. So we want to see when we get going in the preseason who steps up and who raises their hand and says, ‘I’m the guy.’ Hopefully multiple people will do that.”
The Bengals added Brandon LaFell in free agency and used a second-round pick on WR Tyler Boyd, so they have some interesting options to monitor during training camp before considering potential additions.
As for Boldin, he visited with the Lions close to a month ago, but left Detroit without a contract. Before that, Boldin visited with the Redskins.
Boldin, 35, is a former second-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2003. He spent seven years in Arizona before being traded to the Ravens in 2010. Baltimore later traded him to the 49ers where’s he’s remained for the past three seasons.
Boldin finished out his two-year, $12 million contract that included $5.5 million guaranteed and is testing the market as an unrestricted free agent.
In 2015, Boldin appeared in 14 games for the 49ers and caught 69 passes for 789 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 33 overall receiver out of 119 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Best Available Free Agents list.