Anquan Boldin joined the Buffalo Bills two weeks ago and was ready to start the 15th year of his NFL career. Now it appears he has changed his mind. According to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, Boldin has left the Bills and told the team he plans on retiring:
BREAKING: Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring, ESPN has learned.— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) August 21, 2017
Boldin played in just one preseason game with the Bills, catching a single pass for five yards against the Philadelphia Eagles. Buffalo was already a bit shorthanded at receiver after trading away Sammy Watkins last week. Now, without Boldin, they are in even bigger trouble at receiver.
Boldin finished his NFL career with some truly amazing statistics. The veteran receiver had 1,076 catches for 13,779 yards and 82 touchdowns. He’s currently ranks 14th all-time in receiving yards, and ninth in all-time receptions.
Last year, Boldin was a huge part of the Detroit Lions’ offense. He led the team with eight touchdowns, while pulling in 67 receptions for 584 total yards. The Lions decided to move on from Boldin after drafting Kenny Golladay in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
We wish Boldin a happy retirement and congratulate him on an amazing, soon-to-be Hall of Fame career.
Boldin offered a statement on his retirement via Trotter: