Boldin nearing deal, rookie WRs shining

February, 23, 2014
Feb 23
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Sunday has been a promising day for the San Francisco 49ers on the wide receiver front.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the 49ers and veteran receiver Anquan Boldin are closing in on a deal that will keep the 33-year-old free agent in San Francisco. Earlier this week, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said re-signing Boldin was the team’s top priority in free agency.

I’d expect Boldin to sign a short-term deal, perhaps for two years. Boldin became a critical piece of the 49ers’ offense after being acquired in a trade with Baltimore last year.

Playing opposite a healthy Michael Crabtree in 2014 makes Boldin even more dangerous. He shined when Crabtree came back from an injury in Week 12.

With a deal with Boldin close to wrapping up, receiver likely will be a position the 49ers use a top pick on. Going into this weekend’s NFL combine, the position was considered one of the strongest in years. The receivers began drills on Sunday, and they were not disappointing.

Scouts and reporters are raving about their showing. One receiver who the 49ers may have their eyes on -- Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks -- was the star of the show. Cooks ran an unofficial 4.30 40-yard dash. In addition to being a speedster, Cooks, from northern California, has strong hands and is a good route runner.

He was considered a possible late-round pick. Now, the 49ers may have to move up from No. 30 to get him. They have the means in the form of extra draft picks.

Sunday may have been part of the beginning stages of the 49ers’ shoring up their 2014 receiver position.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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