Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

New Bills receiver Anquan Boldin retires

New Bills receiver Anquan Boldin retires

The Buffalo Bills signed Boldin to a one-year contract in hopes of building up what was an otherwise young corps of receivers. But there is some speculation that Boldin retired for another reason: He didn't want to play on a team that isn't a contender.

Just 13 days after signing with the Buffalo bills, veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin has left the team and is retiring.

Trotter tweeted this statement from Boldin, explaining his decision to reitre and use his platform to continue his humanitarian work. Boldin appeared just once for the Bills, recording one catch for five yards in Thursday's 20-16 preseason loss to the host Philadelphia Eagles.

Boldin said back in April that he still had the "passion" to play, but has decided at this time of his career it's more important to focus on helping others. People from all difference races, religions and backgrounds working together for one shared goal.

Boldin caught 67 passes for 584 yards and eight touchdowns for the Detroit Lions last season. Former No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on August 11, though the team acquired Jordan Matthews from the Philadelphia Eagles that same day.

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However, after less than three weeks with the Bills, Anquan Boldin made a decision to retire. He recorded more than 1,000 receiving yards in seven of his seasons. He also won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens after the 2012 season and was voted to three Pro Bowls.

Boldin was supposed to fill a top-three spot alongside Matthews and rookie second-round draft pick Zay Jones. Matthews is recovering from a chipped bone in his sternum. "I was living life", Boldin said after winning the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for volunteer and charity work in February 2016.

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