Former Florida State wide receiver Anquan Boldin, a 15-year NFL veteran, finally received his release from the Buffalo Bills on the opening day of free agency, per Mike Rodak of ESPN.
Boldin signed with the Bills last season, suddenly retired less than two weeks later and requested a trade or release from his contract months later.
“We made a commitment to Anquan, and he made a commitment to us back in [training] camp,” said Bills general manager Brandon Beane in November, per the report. “He left for the reasons he mentioned back in August. We invested in him — invested time and committed to him — and we wouldn’t want to just put him out on the market to see him go sign with the Patriots or the Dolphins or anybody that can get in our way or work against us.”
Boldin, now 37 years old, is free to sign elsewhere after missing the entire 2017-18 campaign.
The Florida State product was drafted No. 54 overall in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
Boldin played the first seven years of his career in Arizona, catching 586 passes for 7,520 yards and 44 touchdowns. He played in Super Bowl XLII with the Cardinals, catching 8 passes for 84 yards in a 27-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Boldin then bounced to the Baltimore Ravens for three seasons, where he won XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers in his third and final season with the team.
The three-time Pro Bowler then played three seasons with the 49ers, one year with the Detroit Lions and was technically on the team for the Bills last season.
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