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Report: Anquan Boldin will return to NFL in 2017

The veteran receiver will give the NFL at least one more year. But will it be with the Lions?

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Anquan Boldin didn’t sign with a team last offseason until late July, when the Detroit Lions inked him to a one-year deal worth just north of $2.7 million. This offseason, while Boldin spent time handling political issues, another long wait was expected to see if the 36-year-old would return to the NFL or choose to retire. However, according to Jim Trotter of ESPN, that decision has already been made:

There is no word yet on if the Lions are interested in bringing back Boldin. Detroit could certainly use the veteran receiver on their depth chart. Last year, Boldin pulled in 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns. As of now, the Lions do not have a player that can bring in that kind of production as a replacement.

The Lions did sign receiver Keshawn Martin over the weekend, but Martin is more suited to the Lions’ No. 4 receiver role, as a replacement and a special teams player. The Lions need a strong-handed, physical receiver to man the center of the field. Boldin could be that guy if both parties are still interested.