FRIDAY, 1:31pm: The Saints aren’t making a push for Boldin, according to Katherine Terrell of The Times-Picayune (on Twitter). New Orleans did look into it earlier in the summer but didn’t make an offer.
THURDSAY, 1:29pm: The Saints are making the “strongest push” to sign Anquan Boldin, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (via Twitter). He adds that Boldin has a strong relationship with wide receivers coach John Morton from their time together in San Francisco.
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.
In a recent interview, a Bengals exec said that the team has not been in talks with Boldin. The Lions did bring Boldin in for a visit one month ago, but they signed Andre Roberts on the very same day.
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.
Recently, we ranked Boldin as the second-best available offensive free agent still on the board.
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