Boldin in no rush to make decision about NFL future

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Houston — Anquan Boldin hasn’t decided whether he’ll play another season and the veteran wide receiver isn’t in a rush to make a decision.

“I have a long time to consider that. That’s something where I can take my time,” Boldin said when asked about his future after speaking on a racial-equality panel last week. “We have so much other stuff going on right now, so we haven’t sat down to decide what we’re going to do.”

Boldin took his time last offseason, as well, signing with the Detroit Lions just prior to the start of training camp. But despite joining a new roster after missing the entire offseason program, he developed immediate chemistry with quarterback Matthew Stafford.

And even though he entered the year as the fourth, maybe fifth, option in the offense, Boldin finished with 67 catches for 584 yards and a team-leading eight touchdowns.

Boldin said determining whether to play another season or retire will be a family decision, but he’s open to returning to Detroit. He’ll turn 37 years old in October.

“I mean, it’s definitely interesting,” he said. “But for me, it’s seeing what opportunities lie there, going over them with my wife, because any decision I make does not just affect me. It affects me, my wife, my two boys. It’s something I have to take into consideration.”

In 14 seasons with the Cardinals, Ravens, 49ers and Lions, Boldin has posted some historically great numbers. He currently sits ninth on the all-time receptions list and 14th in receiving yardage. If he could duplicate last season’s production in 2017, he would bolster his Hall of Fame candidacy. He could climb as high as fourth in receptions — behind only Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and former teammate Larry Fitzgerald — while cracking the top 10 in yardage.

If Boldin opts for retirement, or takes his talents elsewhere, the Lions likely would be in the market for another receiver this offseason. Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, the top options in the passing attack, remain under contract. Behind them are young, unproven talents, TJ Jones and Jace Billingsley.

Jones, a sixth-round draft pick in 2014, has only caught 15 passes in his career. Billingsley, an undrafted rookie out of Eastern Oregon, spent almost all of last season on the practice squad and has never has appeared in a regular-season game.