Boldin: Harbaugh played 'big role' in contract extension

Boldin: 'I don't think anybody in our locker room has issue with Harbaugh'

Boldin: Harbaugh played 'big role' in contract extension
March 3, 2014, 6:00 pm
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I don’t think there’s any rift between players and coaches, particularly Coach Harbaugh. Like I said, he has a great rapport with all of the guys that I know of.
Anquan Boldin

Wide receiver Anquan Boldin passed on an opportunity to test the free-agent market for the first time in his NFL career in large part because of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, he said.

Boldin signed a two-year, $12 million contract extension with the 49ers on Monday, five days before he would have been allowed to begin negotiating with other teams.

“He had a big role in me coming back,” Boldin said of Harbaugh in a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “He’s a guy I had a real good relationship with.

“And I just like his demeanor, the way he approaches the game. He’s a guy that wants to win. I’m the exact same way. So I think we mesh pretty good.”

And if there’s discord among 49ers players in the locker room -- as the San Francisco Chronicle reported, citing a source with “inside knowledge of the team” -- that’s news to one of the winner of the Bill Walsh Award as the 49ers MVP and one of the most respected veteran players on the team.

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“I don’t think anybody in the locker room has an issue with Coach Harbaugh,” Boldin said. “The way our locker room is built, we have an open-door policy. If anybody has a concern or wants to voice their opinion, they’re more than welcome to.

“There have been times we have voiced our concerns as players, and Coach Harbaugh has listened to us and taken into consideration how we felt as players.”

Boldin added, “I don’t think there’s any rift between players and coaches, particularly Coach Harbaugh. Like I said, he has a great rapport with all of the guys that I know of. I heard of no griping in the locker room when it comes to Coach Harbaugh.”

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