After previewing Kenny Stills as a potential target in free agency for the birds, we look at the next free agent that could be of interest to the Eagles: future Hall of Fame wide receiver Anquan Boldin. The 36 year-old wideout is coming off a season in which he had 67 receptions for 584 yards and led the Detroit Lions with 8 touchdown receptions. At this point of his career, Boldin is not a vertical threat whatsoever, but he does have reliable hands and is a chain mover. With the way that the Eagles receiving core is currently constructed, adding a veteran presence like Boldin could prove to be useful in the development of some of the young guys currently on the roster such as Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham. Boldin is currently 9th on the all time receptions list with 1,076 catches and is 14th in yards with 13,779. Returning for his 15th season could help him move up both list respectively and further cement his status as one of the best of all time.
While adding Boldin has its benefits there are also some drawbacks that could lead the Eagles to go in another direction. The future HOF is 36 years old and this upcoming season will more than likely be his last in the NFL. The former Lion does have some of the best hands ever, but only averaged 8.7 yards per catch this past season and does not add the vertical element that the Eagles desperately need in their offense. He would provide a nice security blanket for Carson Wentz, but with Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz working the middle of the field already, there could be some potential overlap on key passing downs.
Whether or not they decide to to bring Boldin on a one year deal, the Eagles would be best served to try to find a more permanent solution at the position instead of trying to put a band-aid on it. Carson Wentz is going to need weapons that he can grow with so that when the Eagles are ready to make their run, chemistry will already have been built over time with these young guys.
This NFL Films video illustrates the skills mentioned above, as well as his overall consistency as a player.
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