“I’ll finish the game on my own terms,” Boldin said of retirement. “I don’t want to overstay my welcome. If I’m not playing at a high level, I will leave on my terms. But I will also say for myself that when I do retire, I will have a lot left in the tank.
Boldin also stressed the importance of making time for his family in the coming years.
“I think it’s kind of selfish to want to play until you’re 40 or 45. I have two boys now, and I’m 34. If I play until I’m 40 and my oldest, he’ll be in 11th grade and I’ll have missed his entire time growing up just so that I can be a football player,” Boldin said. “Being a football player takes a lot of time and sacrifice by everybody, including your family. Obviously, I can give him a lot of things by playing football, but that’s not worth the time that we can spend together. There are a lot of things I want to do as a husband and as a father, and football takes a lot of that time away. The money won’t mean as much as the time.
Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that the NFLPA’s executive committee has passed a resolution advocating that the performance-based pay pool be increased by at least $1 million per team starting this season.
In the past, future increases in performance-based pay were based upon the annual percentage growth of the salary cap.
According to Marvez, the The NFL and NFLPA are still negotiating the parameters of the 2015 performance-based pay program.
- Chargers ILB Donald Butler told reporters on Monday that he underwent a “couple” of offseason surgeries, but is now healthy again. (Michael Gehlken)
Redskins president Bruce Allen mentioned that it was a “no-brainer” to pick up QB Robert Griffin III’s fifth-year option.
“We think Robert is a starting quarterback: We’ve seen him win; we’ve seen him win big games,” Allen said, via The Washington Post. “We know his talent. It really was a no-brainer. I think if you asked us six months before it would have been the same decision.”