Report: Niners, Boldin closing in on deal

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The last few days have featured a lot of discussion about the uncertain future for the 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh, but there appears to be more clarity when it comes to wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Talks on a new deal for the impending free agent were expected to begin at the NFL Scouting Combine, who the 49ers have prioritized as a player they want to have on their team, and it seems it didn’t take long for those talks to heat up.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it didn’t take long for things to heat up. Per Schefter, the two sides are “closing in” on a deal that would keep Boldin in San Francisco for at least one more season.

Boldin had a great season for the 49ers in 2013, his first with the team after coming over in a trade with the Ravens. He had 85 catches for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the Niners receiving corps and that production, along with Boldin’s durability, makes it easy to understand why the 49ers want to hold onto the 33-year-old wideout.

If Boldin’s deal gets done, safety Donte Whitner would be the top potential free agent on the San Francisco roster with free agency set to open on March 11.