Miami Dolphins: No Reason Not to Give Anquan Boldin a Shot

Dec 11, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin (80) runs after a catch during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Lions win 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins are not in dire need of wide receiver help. Still, Anquan Boldin would be an asset on every team in the NFL.

The Miami Dolphins have locked up Kenny Stills with Jarvis Landry next in line for a new deal and they’ve invested a lot of draft stock in DeVante Parker and Leonte Carroo. Nonetheless, there isn’t a roster in the NFL that couldn’t use a guy like Anquan Boldin on their roster. And no, I’m not anticipating an overly positive reaction to this idea, mostly because wide receiver clearly isn’t one of the Dolphins’ most pressing needs.

However make no mistake, Boldin is an all-time great and borderline Hall-of-Famer. He currently sits eighth all-time in receptions for wide receivers and will almost certainly climb in to the top five, and he’s 14th in receiving yards with the likelihood of at least cracking the top 10. While that’s all well and good, it doesn’t necessarily help Miami this season. With that said, he still caught 67 passes last year with 584 yards and an impressive eight touchdowns.

He’s as tough as they come and is willing to do everything a team asks of him. Boldin isn’t afraid to do the dirty work, move the chains and he still has elite hands to pull the ball down. His leadership would be an asset for a young receiving corps and he’s the perfect replacement should Jarvis Landry miss a game or two. No one is filling the void should Landry miss extended time, but Boldin is a more than capable short-term fill-in—even at the age of 36.

Odds are Miami will either draft or sign a wideout at some point between now and September. Why not Boldin? Best of all, the proven veteran probably will agree to a deal at less than $1.5 million for one-year. There is no risk in signing him and you know exactly what you’re getting. I already mentioned his impressive numbers last season in Detroit. The three previous seasons he played in San Francisco.

During that span he averaged over 82 receptions, 1,000 yards and six touchdowns per 16 games and has only missed two games over the past four seasons. These numbers are ridiculous considering the weapons the Lions have and the dumpster fire that is the San Francisco 49ers. Then we all remember his historic Super Bowl run with the Baltimore Ravens when he was the best player on the field not named Ray Lewis.

Every team that doesn’t bring in Boldin is making a mistake, just like they made a mistake last year. He still has something left in the tank and there isn’t a team in the NFL that wouldn’t be lucky to have him in the locker room and on the field. The Dolphins depth at the position will help preserve him for when they really need him, standing as a superb backup he should someone unfortunately go down.

At his current price, every team should be calling his phone. Players with his physical and mental makeup dln’t come around too often. He blocks, catches and is a leader that the Dolphins would be proud to have represent their organization.

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