Veteran was a key part of the 49ers offense throughout the year.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin is reportedly close to agreeing on a new deal with the franchise after a successful season last year, ESPN reports.
The 49ers acquired the 33-year-old from the Baltimore Ravens last March for a sixth-round pick, after he had successfully helped them defeat San Francisco in the Super Bowl in 2013.
Despite the change in scenery, Boldin had a huge season last year for the 49ers as he had 85 catches for 1,178 yards and seven touchdowns.
With Michael Crabtree ruled out for much of the regular season with a torn Achilles, the onus undoubtedly fell on Boldin to carry the team’s offense as he remained a huge threat for quarterback Colin Kaepernick to rely on throughout the campaign.
As a result, coaches and players have all been publicly vocal in their praise for the receiver, and both San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh are understood to be keen to keep hold of Boldin and offer him a new deal to extend his stay at the franchise.
The player himself has already indicated that he would be open to remaining with the 49ers, and it appears as though it is a mere formality that a deal will eventually be reached between the two parties.
Boldin and the 49ers will be looking to bounce back from disappointment last year, after they were defeated by eventual Super Bowl winners, the Seattle Seahawks, in the NFC Championship Game.
With their bitter rivalry set to continue into next year, the duo will be looking at ways of maintaining what they have and strengthening in order to be crowned the best in their conference and ultimately reach the showpiece event of the season again.