Bills GM Brandon Beane told reporters Friday night that they have no plans to grant WR Anquan Boldin his release if they’re unable to find a team willing to trade for him before Tuesday’s deadline, per Mike Rodak.
Beane added that he does not “expect much” in terms of trade offers from other teams after granting him permission to seek trades out of Buffalo.
According to Beane, he will “never say never” on a potential Boldin return to the Bills.
As for communication with Boldin, Beane said he has not personally spoken to him and it was not discussed whether he wanted to return to Bills. Beane added that Boldin expressed a desire to be closer to his home.
On Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN obtained a letter from the Bills that shows have granted Boldin permission to speak to other teams about a trade, but he won’t be allowed to visit, tryout, take a physical, or discuss a new contract with another team (NFLTR).
The Bills placed Boldin on the reserve/retired list, which ensures they hold his rights if he decides he wants to return to the NFL.
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 contract with the Lions last July. Boldin signed another one-year deal with the Bills a few weeks ago worth $2.75 million.
For his career, Boldin played 14 seasons for the Cardinals, Ravens, 49ers and Lions. He caught 1,076 passes for 13,779 yards receiving to go along with 82 touchdowns. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection.
We’ll have more regarding a potential trade involving Boldin as the news is available.