SATURDAY, 9:35am: Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has additional info on Boldin’s contract.
In addition to the $750K signing bonus, the veteran will also be earning a $1.55M base salary. The wideout can earn an additional $450K via per-game bonuses, and there’s another $1MM on the table if he somehow makes a Pro Bowl or reaches several statistical bench marks.
When all is said and done, Boldin could earn up to $3.75MM for next season.
THURSDAY, 1:49pm: Boldin’s one-year deal will pay him $2.75MM, plus incentives, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The veteran received a $750K signing bonus as part of the deal. With that type of guarantee, I would think that Boldin is a mortal lock to make the 53-man roster.
8:59am: The Lions officially announced that they have signed wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
The Lions brought Boldin in for a visit one month ago, but they signed Andre Roberts on the very same day. Apparently, one veteran wide receiver was not enough for Detroit and they have rounded out their receiving corps with a notable name today.
Boldin, 35, has reportedly been working out in South Florida and staying in shape as he waits for the right opportunity. Even though he has enjoyed a long career and even has a Super Bowl ring, the veteran has said that he is not thinking about retirement right now. Last season, Boldin recorded only 69 catches for 789 yards and four touchdowns, so he’s probably looking to go out on a higher note. Boldin’s struggles, in large part, can be attributed to the turmoil surrounding the 49ers and their difficulties at quarterback last year.
After joining the 49ers in 2013, Boldin posted consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, with 12 total touchdowns in ’13 and ’14. Over the course of his career, Boldin has made three Pro Bowls while racking up 13,195 yards off of 1,009 catches with 74 touchdowns.
The agreement was first reported byAdam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.