Lions Sign Anquan Boldin

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 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. Anquan Boldin (vertical)

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 (on Twitter). Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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6 comments on “Lions Sign Anquan Boldin

  1. Miyagi

    as a 23 year 49er season tic holder, Anquan deserves our appreciation for his football, his character and his community service. We are happy he gets to extend his good will and abilities to the Lions.

  2. Thronson5

    This guy isn’t that fast and he isn’t the biggest clearly but he plays with so much passion and heart that it makes up for everything he lacks. Loved having him on the 9ers. He’s getting up there in age but can still bring it. Great pick up for the Lion. I really hope this team can go far this year. I love their receivers even without Megatron. I think Tate is a great receiver and now they got this guy and few others. I haven’t payed much attention but has their O Line gotten any better? And what are they doing at RB?

    • Dmantei

      Nothing more than Abdullah and Ridley at this point. They have Riddick but he’s a hybrid slot receiver/package tailback. The only thing I worry about now is the locker room. Lots of big names- lots of “gimme the ball”


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