Boldin on Bill Walsh Award: 'It means a lot'
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Wide receiver Anquan Boldin, the 49ers MVP in his first season with the club, will be back for a second year with the organization.
Boldin announced via Twitter that he is officially back with the team. The deal is a two-year extension, a source told CSNBayArea.com, and is worth $12 million, according to multiple reports.
“49er fans, I wanted to be the first to tell you that I’m returning to San Francisco,” Boldin announced on Monday. “Looking forward to joining my teammates, coaching staff and fans to bring back another championship to the Bay Area. Let’s go after our Quest For Six.”
The contract extension prevents Boldin from reaching the free-agent market. Coach Jim Harbaugh said last week at the NFL Scouting Combine that the entire organization was “lockstep” in their determination to re-sign Boldin. And Boldin, an 11-year veteran, made it known that he wanted to re-sign with the 49ers, too.
The 49ers acquired Boldin last offseason in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens. Boldin caught six passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ 34-31 victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
The 49ers paid a sixth-round draft pick to obtain Boldin. He played last season on a $6 million contract. His presence was felt immediately when he caught 13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown in a Week 1 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Boldin, 33, led the 49ers with 85 catches for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns as he enabled the 49ers to compensate for the loss of Michael Crabtree, who was unavailable for the first 11 games as he recovered from a torn Achilles. He was named the winner of the Bill Walsh Award as the team’s MVP.
Boldin’s season represented the most production from a 49ers receiver since Terrell Owens had 1,300 receiving yards in 2002.
The 49ers’ starting wide receivers appear set with Boldin and Crabtree. The 49ers are expected to add at least one wide receiver in the draft, and Quinton Patton will return in his second season to compete for playing time.
Harbaugh said Boldin was the 49ers’ No. 1 priority to re-sign. Free agents can begin negotiating with teams on Saturday with the official free-agent signing period scheduled for Monday.