LIONS INSIDER

Boldin on future: 'I have a long time to consider that'

Posted Feb 3, 2017

Wide receiver Anquan Boldin isn't making any decisions on his future just yet.

HOUSTON -  Lions free-agent receiver Anquan Boldin was part of The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) panel Friday evening at the Super Bowl.

The Town Hall-style event, "From Protest to Progress: The Power of Sports to Improve Race Relations," gave Boldin a platform to further some of the causes on race relations and police reforms that are near and dear to his heart.

After the event, Boldin was asked about his football future, which is undecided at this point.

“I have a long time to consider that,” said Boldin, who didn’t sign with the Lions last year until days before training camp began. “That’s something I’ll take my time with.”

If he does decide to play a 15th NFL season, is there interest in returning to Detroit?

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

Boldin, 36, was still very productive in his 14th season, his first in Detroit. He caught 67 passes and notched eight touchdowns, which led the Lions, and tied for the third-most of his career. It was the most he’s had since he caught 11 with Arizona in 2008.

He and quarterback Matthew Stafford clicked right away in training camp, and Boldin became a trusted receiver in the slot for Stafford, especially on third down.

“We’ll see what’s best for us,” Boldin said, when asked about the potential for retirement. “It’s no longer what’s best for Anquan. I’ve got three others that depend on me as well. We’ll see.

“We’re just keeping the discussion open right now. We have so much other stuff going on right now we haven’t sat down and said, ‘this is what we’re going to do.'”

Boldin is currently ninth on the all-time receptions list with 1,076. If he returns, he's just 26 receptions away from catching Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (1,102) for fourth all-time.