Despite having a surprisingly productive season last year, don’t expect to see this veteran receiver in a Detroit Lions’ uniform any time soon.
No one really knew if then 35-year old wide receiver Anquan Boldin had anything left in the tank when he signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions last July worth $2.75 million.
But the 14-year veteran ended up leading the Lions with eight touchdown receptions last season, recording 67 total catches off of 95 targets for 584 yards.
Boldin proved to be a valuable part of the Lions’ offense in 2016 and quarterback Matthew Stafford‘s favorite red zone target. Yet, Detroit head coach Jim Caldwell and the veteran wide out reportedly haven’t spoken.
That’s not necessarily unusual for a player like Boldin, who is not under contract and would likely prefer to skip offseason workouts. But it also doesn’t bode well for his possible return to the Motor City.
"“You never say never,” Caldwell told the Detroit Free Press. “Obviously, [Boldin] contributed quite a bit for us, just not certain at this point in time. I think we’re in good shape where we are right now. I think we have a really good core. …He’s still out there, still available, but we haven’t had any discussions with him.”"
Currently, the Lions’ roster is stock full of young wide receiver talent. Names like Golden Tate, Marvin Jones Jr., rookie Kenny Golladay, Jared Abbrederis, and Jace Billingsley will all have an opportunity for more targets without Boldin on the roster.
And according to the Detroit Free Press, unnamed sources close to Boldin have suggested the former Florida State wide receiver would prefer to play near his home in Florida anyway.
Obviously, Boldin could have a change of heart next month and decide he wants to re-sign with Detroit. And based on his solid performance from last season, the Lions’ would have to at least consider it. But it sounds like the team is more than willing to simply move forward with their younger players.
So, at this point, I wouldn’t expect Anquan Boldin to wear a Detroit Lions’ uniform ever again. Unless it’s for Halloween or some kind of costume party.