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Lions seem open to bringing Boldin back

The Detroit Lions seem open to bringing veteran receiver Anquan Boldin back in 2017 if a deal can be worked out.

Boldin signed with the Lions just days before the start of training camp last season and ended up being an important component to their passing game. He caught 67 passes for 584 yards and led the team with eight touchdown grabs.

"I've put him in the category of guys that we've talked to here in the last couple of months," Lions general manager Bob Quinn said at last week's league meetings.

"I think Anquan, he did a great job for us this year. Really stepped in and provided a real reliable target for Matthew (Stafford) and had, what, he had 60-plus catches this year? So he's definitely an option. We haven't made any decision on that one way or the other, but he's still out there."

Boldin, who was on the fence about playing in 2017 when he spoke to local reporters down in Houston at the Super Bowl, made the decision to come back for a 15th season last month.

Boldin said at the Super Bowl he would be interested in playing for Detroit if he returned, but there would be other factors involved in the decision as well.

"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 notified Lions head coach Jim Caldwell personally of his decision to return in 2017, but Caldwell isn't sure yet if that will be with the Lions.

"I say you never say never," Caldwell said. "He's been a very effective player for us and obviously I've had experience with him for a number of years. Do I still think he's capable? Absolutely."

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