ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter and Bill Williamson recently reported that the San Francisco 49ers and Anquan Boldin are close to a deal for at least the upcoming season. Contract negotiations have likely been accelerated due to the increase in the Salary Cap to a now-projected $132 million, giving the 49ers quite a bit more wiggle room under the cap. This is an excellent development for all 49ers fans, as Boldin was integral to the 49ers’ offense this past season. Boldin had 1,178 yards on 85 catches this past season as he quickly showed his worth–much higher than a 6th-round draft pick–with a monster day in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers.
Imagine a full year with both Boldin and Michael Crabtree healthy–along with Vernon Davis, an up-and-coming Quinton Patton and hopefully an early round rookie receiver. Colin Kaepernick could definitely use a full year with multiple weapons at his disposal. He might finally be able to have a season where his passing actually looks elite.
Speaking of Kaepernick, Boldin’s contract could have immediate repercussions for the 3rd-year quarterback. The less Boldin commands, the more likely Kaepernick will get his blockbuster deal done sooner rather than later. Two other guys to pay attention to are Donte Whitner and Mike Iupati. Whitner, a free agent this offseason, is also looking for a deal to stay in the Bay Area. It is definitely possible to sign him–especially with the new cap. Iupati, a free agent next offseason, will need the 49ers to have some room to maneuver if he wants a big deal from the team.
It will be interesting to see where Trent Baalke and the 49ers go from here, but Boldin’s apparent deal is definitely a good sign.