Anquan Boldin recently posted on his foundation’s website that he has come to terms with the San Francsico 49ers on what is reportedly a 2-year contract. This news, while expected, is a tremendous boost to a relatively poor receiving crew, though it now has potential to improve dramatically–especially if the 49ers decide to further boost it early in the draft. With a healthy Michael Crabtree, Boldin, and Quinton Patton, as well as a rookie receiver, this could potentially turn into a receiving corps that the rest of the league envies.
Boldin’s re-signing was extremely vital to the 49ers. They have several players on their roster who are nearing the end of their careers–Boldin, Frank Gore, and Justin Smith mainly–and for the 49ers to have a chance at winning the Super Bowl before these All-Pros need replacements, they will need all the veteran leadership they can get. Boldin has won a Super Bowl, been around the league for quite some time, knows most of the tricks receivers need to get by–after all, he is by no means the biggest or fastest receiver–and will be the perfect mentor to rookie–much like Donte Whitner was to Eric Reid this past season.
Eventually the 49ers will need to get younger, but Boldin’s signing was a must.