The Bills finally found Sammy Watkins a compliment at wide receiver.
The team signed Anquan Boldin on Monday to a reported one year contract. Reportedly, he’ll make just under three million dollars with a chance to push the deal to four million.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, it took a bit of convincing to bring Boldin to Buffalo. He had agreed to a contract before the weekend, backed out and then finally signed after the weekend was over.
The soon to be 37 year old (birthday is October 3rd) is third in the league for yards and catches since his career began in 2003. He should immediately step in as the starter at the outside receiver position across from Watkins.
Boldin also has experience with Tyrod Taylor when the two were together in Baltimore. In fact, Taylor’s first NFL completion came to Boldin on the final play of a 20-point Ravens loss to San Diego in December of 2011.
This will be Boldin’s 15th season in the NFL. He made his name in seven years with Arizona, then played three with the Ravens, three in San Francisco before moving to Detroit last season.
Boldin has 67 catches for 584 yards last season. On the bright side, he had eight touchdowns. Other than a nine-score season for Watkins in 2015, no Bills wideout has scored that often since 2010.
On the down side, Boldin’s per catch average was 8.7 yards last year. That’s nearly three yards worse than any other season in his career. He made five catches of more than 20 yards in 2016 and one of those was a meaningless Hail Mary.
Still, Boldin will certainly improve a wide receiver core that has been lackluster at best behind Watkins in training camp. In addition, receivers like Andre Holmes and Rod Streater will seem more formidable as a 4th or 5th option instead of second or third.
Boldin should also be a quality veteran influence for rookie Zay Jones and a wide receiver room that is more on the young side overall.
The Bills clearly got better on Monday. How much better remains to be seen.