Wide receiver Anquan Boldin will return to the 49ers, the veteran announced via his Twitter account Monday afternoon.
San Francisco also announced Monday that the two sides agreed to a two-year deal, but the team did not disclose the terms of the contract. According to ESPN NFL insider ED Werder, sources believe Boldin agreed to a deal worth $12 million that includes a guaranteed $9 million.
“We are pleased that Anquan has chosen to continue his career as a 49er,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a team 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.”
Last season, the 33-year-old wide receiver had 85 catches for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns.
During a press conference following the announcement of the deal, Boldin also came out in defense of his coach Jim Harbaugh. A recent report by the San Francisco Chronicle stated that a rift existed in the 49ers locker room because of the coach.
“I don’t think there’s any rift between players and coaches, particularly coach Harbaugh,” Boldin said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “He has good rapport with all the guys I know of. There’s no gripes in the locker room when it comes to coach Harbaugh. He wants to win and everybody in the locker room wants to do the same. We’re usually on the same page and if not, we have it where we can talk to him and he can talk to us.”
– NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported on Twitter Monday morning that linebacker Donald Butler and the Chargers have signed a multi-tiered deal that will keep Butler in San Diego for at least three years.
Butler will make roughly $12 million in the first year of his contract and will make $15 million over the next two seasons. The Chargers, who picked up Butler in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft, then have an option for a four-year extension where Butler will make between $8 million and $9.5 million per year.
Last season, Butler served as the Chargers defensive captain while making 85 tackles and picking up one interception even though he suffered a groin injury that forced him out of three games.
– Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes and the Dolphins have agreed to a four-year contract extension, the team announced Monday.
According to ESPN, the extension is worth $32 million and will include $16 million in guaranteed money.
“I want to be back,” Grimes said. “But you never know in this business and when it all worked out, I was happy.”
After suffering a torn Achilles in 2012 while playing for the Falcons, Grimes and Miami agreed to a one-year deal. Then, Grimes had one of the best seasons of his career as he was tied for the team lead with four interceptions and earned his second Pro Bowl bid.
“If we just make a few more game-changing plays and fix the little things, that will give us the opportunity to win more games and go deeper into the playoffs,” Grimes said.
The deal marked the first major contract agreement for Miami’s new general manager Dennis Hickey.
“I am thrilled that we have been able to reach an agreement with Brent to keep him as a member of the Miami Dolphins,” Hickey said. “Brent is a two-time Pro Bowler who has been a valuable piece to our organization.”
– Safety Bernard Pollard announced on Twitter Monday afternoon that he will remain with Tennessee for the next couple of years.
Pollard, who said late in the season that he did not know what his future was with the Titans, led Tennessee with 142 tackles this past season and was second on the team with two interceptions. He had previously penned an one-year, $1.3 million deal with the Titans last offseason after he was released by the Ravens.
“We were pleased with the job Bernard did for us in his first season with us last year,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said. “Getting this deal done today helps our overall plan for this offsason. We still have work ahead of us trying to retain some of our other players, but we are glad to be able to get this one done.”