A report recently emerged that the 49ers and receiver Anquan Boldin have commenced negotiations on a new contract. And while we’re reluctant to contradict one of our CSN colleagues, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that no talks have happened yet between the team and the wideout who arrived last year from Baltimore for a low-round pick and a $6 million salary.
Per the source, communications are expected to commence at the Scouting Combine, where every team and every agent will be in Indianapolis at the same time, and where plenty of contract talks will occur.
The 49ers intend to prioritize Boldin, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and coach Jim Harbaugh for new deals this year. Boldin necessarily is the top priority, because he’s due to hit the open market.
Also due to hit the open market is the guy who recently was on the verge of changing his name to Hitner. Veteran safety Donte Whitner becomes a free agent in three weeks, a year after the 49ers allowed Dashon Goldson to sign with the Buccaneers.