There is no question that the San Francisco 49ers need to make WR Anquan Boldin their No. 1 priority. If they truly want to win a Super Bowl now, it is imperative they re-sign the 12-year veteran. In an era where leadership, toughness, and durability are at a premium, Boldin fits the bill to a tee. Sure the 49ers need a proven deep-threat that can stretch the field, but without two elite position receivers, the deep threat does not do the offense any justice. Take for example Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace.
And despite Boldin’s age (turning 34 in October), he has clearly shown he still has what it takes to be a security blanket for any NFL signal-caller. In addition to being a solid No. 2 receiver, Boldin’s presence will only continue to expedite Kaepernick’s maturation process as an NFL quarterback. Those are qualities that money can’t buy. Just think how the season would have been had Boldin not been a 49er. So you can see why his skill set is invaluable.
Not to mention, he was voted by the coaches as the team’s MVP (Bill Walsh Award), how can you let your MVP leave via free-agency? I just don’t see that happening, especially since Boldin had his best statistical season since 2006, as he hauled in 85 catches for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns.
Aside from his on-field presence, it’s his determination, focus, and work-ethic off the field that won me over. During 49ers training camp, I had the opportunity to watch Boldin daily and I can tell you first hand it was pretty intense. He goes all-out in both individual and team-drills and is rarely seen joking around. A true professional in every sense of the word, his teammates often look to him for advice, just like rookie fourth-round pick WR Quinton Patton told us in our exclusive NinerFans.com interview with him:
How much help has WR Anquan Boldin been since your arrival? Being a great route-runner himself, has he taught you some tricks of the trade that may elevate your game this season?
” Yeah, he taught me a couple of different releases…when the balls up, attack the ball at it’s highest point and stretch your hands out.”
A veteran leader showing his younger peers different releases off the line, while teaching them how to catch the ball at it’s highest point depending on the trajectory of the ball are valuable lessons, and ones that can impact a team’s success heading into postseason play. So with the 49ers having 14 free-agents this off-season including CB Tarell Brown and SS Donte Whitner, I can assure you none of those are important as the player I like to call “Golden Boldin.”