Last week, the 49ers reportedly were in deep discussions with Anquan Boldin, making an effort to re-sign the veteran WR. On Monday, the 49ers and Boldin reached an agreement as he first announced it on his Twitter with the following statement:
"49er fans, I wanted to be the first to tell you that I’m returning to San Francisco.
Looking forward to joining my teammates, coaching staff and fans to bring back another championship to the Bay Area.
Let’s go after our Quest For Six.
Boldin's contract will be for two more seasons, which pays him $6 million per year, according to Ed Werder. He was the leading receiver on the 49ers with 1,179 yards with seven touchdowns during the regular season.
Last offseason, the 49ers acquired Boldin for a sixth-round draft pick as the Baltimore Ravens could not afford his contract. Boldin was one of three 49ers receivers to catch a touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick in 2013. He is coming off his best season since 2006 and will be 34-years old next season.
General Manager Trent Baalke is "pleased" with Boldin returning at a fair price with the 49ers. He cited Boldin's leadership both on and off the field.
“We are pleased that Anquan has chosen to continue his career as a 49er,” Baalke said. “He is a consummate professional whose love and respect for the game provide a tremendous example for all players. Anquan has been a very productive player throughout his career and we look forward to his future contributions to our team and community.”
With Boldin locked up, the 49ers can focus elsewhere for free agency with more than $9 million in cap space. The wide receiver brings a strong veteran presence on the young talent at the position which includes being a mentor to Quinton Patton. Even though Boldin is back with the team, the 49ers will still need to draft a WR in May for the long term to develop.