Bills sign Boldin to provide experience at receiver spot

Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game in Detroit

Bills sign Boldin to provide experience at receiver spot

Specifically, having Boldin could make it easier for the Bills to part ways with veteran receiver Andre Holmes and acquire a third-round compensatory draft selection next spring.

The Buffalo Bills signed free agent wide receiver Anquan Boldin to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday. On a positive note, he did finish last season strong, with touchdowns in three of the final four games, including an eight-catch, 85-yard, two touchdown game in the fantasy Super Bowl Week 16.

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor also has a familiarity with Boldin, as the two were both members of the Baltimore Ravens in 2011 and '12. The Bills were now pairing oft-injured wideout Sammy Watkins with Zay Jones, a second-round draft pick from East Carolina, making for plenty of uncertainty at the top of the depth chart.

Boldin is expected to compete for the role of No. 2 wide receiver opposite Sammy Watkins. Everybody was very confident the Bills were a good fit, but I knew he had other options out there. Even if I had the likes of Jerry Rice or guys like get an Anquan is an addition.

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Now, Boldin, who sandwiched three seasons with the Ravens from 2010 to 2012 between seven seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2003-09) and three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2013-15) before joining the Lions in 2016, will be reunited with Taylor in Buffalo.

"That's a bonus", Beane said of Boldin's connection with Taylor.

"It doesn't say anything (against depth)", Beane said. "It was a family decision for Anquan and I respect the thought process they went through to make the decision".

"You're talking about a [Walter Payton] Man of the Year and he's ninth all-time on the receiving list", said Beane.

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