Every NFL team is currently in training camp, yet one of the best receivers of his era, Anquan Boldin, remains without a job. BetOnline offers a prop on where Boldin will play in 2017.
Current NFL free-agent receiver Anquan Boldin seemingly has been overshadowed for much of his career, but this guy should be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton some day – whether he plays another down in the league or not.
Boldin was a 2003 second-round pick out of Florida State by the Arizona Cardinals – he slipped in the draft due to an unimpressive 40 time at the NFL Combine -- and had one of the best rookie seasons ever by a receiver with 101 catches for 1,377 yards and eight touchdowns. Boldin set an NFL record for most receiving yards by a rookie in his first game with 217 against the Lions and was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
He holds the NFL record for most receptions in the first 26 games of an NFL career with 157 and was the fastest to 300 receptions in 47 games. However, the Cardinals took Larry Fitzgerald in the first round of the 2004 draft and Boldin largely played in that future Hall of Famer’s shadow in the desert.
In March 2010, Boldin was traded to the Baltimore Ravens and had three good if not great seasons there, winning his only Super Bowl in the 2012 season. He finished those playoffs with 22 receptions, 380 yards and four touchdowns. He caught six passes for 104 yards and a TD in the Super Bowl win over San Francisco.
Ironically enough, the Ravens traded Boldin that offseason to San Francisco, where he played three more seasons, reaching the 1,000-yard mark in two of them. Last year, he signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions and caught 67 balls for 584 yards and eight scores.
On the NFL all-time list, Boldin ranks ninth in catches (1,076), 14th in yards (13,779) and 23rd in touchdowns (82). So why is he still unsigned? Well, Boldin will be 37 in October, and he had that awful 8.7 yards per catch average last year.Bills Lead Betting Options
BetOnline lists a prop on where Boldin will play his first game this year, with the Buffalo Bills as +130 favorites. Boldin visited Buffalo on July 24 but left without a deal. New Bills GM Brandon Beane said that Boldin has to be “all-in” for the team to consider signing him. "Anquan's at a time in his life where I think family is very important. We’re giving him as much time as he needs.”
Boldin has made it known he isn’t ready to retire and wants to play a 15th season. The Bills could use him as they have injury-prone Sammy Watkins and rookie Zay Jones as their likely two starting receivers, after losing out on Jeremy Maclin and Eric Decker, with Corey Brown and Andre Holmes listed at No. 2. Boldin’s probably still better than those latter two.
Boldin is from south Florida and reportedly prefers to play close to his family there. The Bucs are +800 on this prop with the Dolphins and Jaguars at +2000. Just for proximity, Miami makes the most sense, but the Fins are deep at receiver. So is Jacksonville, while Tampa added free-agent DeSean Jackson this offseason.
Other NFL betting options on this prop are the Panthers (+1400), Falcons (+1800), Titans (+2000) or any other team (+175). Atlanta might make some sense as it’s a short plane ride to Miami and the Falcons are Super Bowl contenders if winning another ring is important to Boldin.
With camps underway, injuries are going to happen and perhaps Boldin is simply waiting on that for a needy team to come calling.Free NFL Pick: Any Other Team (+175)Best Line Offered: BetOnline