Boldin previously worked with Lions HC Jim Caldwell while the two were in Baltimore, so there’s an obvious connection to make here.
It couldn’t hurt for Detroit to bolster their receiving depth ahead of training camp now that they’re trying to replace the loss of Calvin Johnson. That’s not to say Boldin could fill that void on his own, but adding another receiver could at least help to mitigate his loss to some degree.
There hasn’t been a lot of interest in Boldin since the free agent market opened several months ago. Although, he did visit with the Redskins, but didn’t receive an offer from the team.
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.