Bills GM Brandon Beane mentioned during an appearance with “Howard and Jeremy” on WGR 550 things between them and free agent WR Anquan Boldin are “kind of at a stall” right now.
“It’s kind of at a stall is probably the best way I can put it,” Beane said, via WGR 550. “Anquan is at a time in his life where I think family is very important. That’s what I’ve drawn from this. His family is down in Florida. I’m not sure where he’s at with that. He’s got to be all in and that’s where we left it. If he’s not, we’ll let him make that decision when he’s ready.”
The Bills hosted Boldin for a visit a few weeks ago, but it appears as though they’re no closer to an agreement at this point in time.
Boldin previously mentioned during an interview with Arizona Sports 98.7-FM that he would prefer to sign on with a team before the start of training camp, so he can learn a new system.
“I look at the offseason as something that’s for younger guys,” Boldin said in an interview with Arizona Sports 98.7-FM. “If you’re a younger guy, it’s necessary for you to get in there to learn a new system, to learn your coaches, learn a new environment. For veteran guys, I don’t think it’s as necessary, personally. I like to spend that time with my family. … For me, training camp is a necessary evil. I think that’s the only way you can get prepared for a season. So I prefer to sign right before training camp to make sure I get in, learn the new system, learn my teammates, get all the mistakes out of the way, get hit a couple times to make sure that when that first game comes I feel fully prepared.”
Boldin, 36, 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 with the Ravens before signing a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Lions last July.
In 2016, Boldin appeared in 16 games for the Lions and caught 67 passes for 584 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 70 overall receiver out of 115 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.