Plenty of Redskins fans think the team needs help at receiver, but Anquan Boldin does not appear to be the answer.
"He can't run anymore," said one former NFL front office executive of Boldin.
The numbers back up that assertion. In 2016, Boldin logged his lowest yards-per-catch numbers of his career. He caught 67 passes for the Lions last season, but totaled only 584 yards, good for less than 9 yards-per-reception.
Boldin's name comes up because he's available. The 14-year veteran signed with the Bills this offseason, then announced his retirement to pursue social activisim.
This week, news emerged the Bills would allow Boldin and his representatives to look for a deal.
WR Anquan Boldin has expressed interest in playing again and Bills have given his agent permission to shop him, per letter ESPN obtained. pic.twitter.com/Cxfo3Oi6bk— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 26, 2017
Production has been lacking for the Redskins at the receiver position, but that still doesn't mean the team will look to acquire Boldin. He was a free agent all offseason, and still Washington did not pursue him.
Now, with Terrelle Pryor struggling and the team waiting for Josh Doctson to emerge, some fans want the team to pursue Boldin.
While the circumstances surrounding Martavis Bryant are entirely different than Boldin, don't expect the Redskins to pursue either player before the trade deadline comes Tuesday.
Boldin has had a long and impressive NFL career, both on and off the field. He might be able to still help an NFL team, but Washington doesn't seem the right fit. If Jay Gruden's team is missing any one thing in the receiving group, it's a true deep threat. Boldin would not fix that.