BOCA RATON, Fla. – The 49ers have not entered into any contract talks with free-agent wide receiver Anquan Boldin, the team’s leading pass-catcher in each of his three seasons with the club.
“Right now, we’ve had no discussions with Anquan up to this point,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “We left it in the offseason that we’d get back together at some point and talk about his future and what he’s looking for. Have not had that conversation as of yet.”
Moreover, the 49ers are not in a hurry to bring the situation to a resolution, Baalke said. Boldin, 35, led the 49ers last season with 69 receptions for 789 yards. His per-catch average of 11.4 yards was the lowest since he posted an 11.1 average while being limited to 10 games in his second NFL season.
“I wouldn’t say that door has been shut by any stretch,” Baalke said. “But where it is, it’s where it was when we left off (the season). He’s going to explore his options, and we’re going to explore ours. We got a draft to go through. It would be later than sooner, in terms of the final decision that’s made.”
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The 49ers’ offseason program begins on April 4. After two weeks of conditioning work, the coaches can begin to work players on the field at the beginning of the third week. That will give the coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate the younger receivers on the team’s roster.
“The good thing that we have, we’re going to be able to get the coaching staff working with these guys for a couple of days prior to the draft,” Baalke said. “So they’re going to get a better feel for what we have and what’s at their disposal to work with.”
Baalke said the only time he has spoken with Boldin since the end of the season was to congratulate him on being named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his charitable endeavors. He said it remains to be seen if the 49ers are a fit for Boldin or if Boldin is a fit for the 49ers as he potentially enters the 14th year of his NFL career.
“A lot of it is going to depend whether he feels and we feel it’s a fit moving forward with what we’re trying to do offensively and what he’s looking for at this stage of his career,” Baalke said.