The San Francisco 49ers will be bringing back 2013's leading receiver Anquan Boldin.
Through Twitter and on his website, Boldin announced he will be coming back to play for the 49ers instead of testing the free-agent market.
"49er fans, I wanted to be the first to tell you that I'm returning to San Francisco," Boldin wrote on q81.org, his foundation's website Monday. "Looking forward to joining my teammates, coaching staff and fans to bring back another championship to the Bay Area. Let's go after our Quest For Six."
Boldin will return on a reported two-year, $12 million deal with $9 million in guarantees, as first reported by ESPN.
Boldin was San Francisco's most productive receiver in 2013 while Michael Crabtree missed 11 games due to an Achilles tear suffered during the offseason. Boldin finished the regular season with a team-leading 85 receptions for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns.
"We are pleased that Anquan has chosen to continue his career as a 49er," general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "He is a consummate professional whose love and respect for the game provide a tremendous example for all players. Anquan has been a very productive player throughout his career and we look forward to his future contributions to our team and community."
According to Pro Football Focus, Boldin was the league's only receiver that was targeted 100 times or more whose quarterback did not throw an interception when targeting him.
With Boldin and Crabtree in the lineup together in the 49ers finished the season 7-1 with the lone defeat coming to the Seahawks. Colin Kaepernick had an 86.6 passer rating prior to Crabtree's return, but improved to 91.32 in the eight games - including playoffs - with both receivers in the starting lineup.
The 49ers acquired Boldin in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens last offseason in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick. The 11-year veteran turns 34 in October. He earned the Bill Walsh Award in his first season in San Francisco, voted on by coaches to recognize the team's most valuable player honoring "outstanding individual performance."
Boldin's reported salary remains the same from last season while the salary cap will grow to $133 million for next year, up a reported $10 million from 2013.
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