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Anquan Boldin retires from Buffalo Bills to focus on advocacy work

Anquan Boldin Anquan Boldin
Isaac Mcdaniel | 22 August, 2017, 00:55

Boldin wants to focus on his humanitarian efforts and thinks he has a goal bigger than football.

It isn't clear why Boldin is calling it quits just two weeks after signing a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Bills, but his departure leaves the team with even more uncertainty at receiver. In a separate trade, the Bills acquired receiver Jordan Matthews from Philadelphia.

Boldin, 36, finishes his career with an impressive, and potentially Hall-of-Fame resume, finishing with 1,076 receptions (ninth all-time), 13,779 yards receiving (14th all-time), and 83 touchdowns caught (23rd all-time). He was an important part of the 2012 Ravens team that won Super Bowl XLVII. "For me, I didn't come to Buffalo just to play with Sammy Watkins". "I always felt football would be my passion and get me past a lot of things".

Here are five available wide receivers that the Bills could look to sign to fill Boldin's roster spot for the third preseason game. According to News 4 sports director Josh Reed, Boldin was seen at the Bills facility Sunday afternoon in Orchard Park, but did not practice with the team.

And maybe that was a small part of the decision, but Boldin is leaving the National Football League with a ton of hardware in his rearview mirror and a higher calling.

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"For me, I'm uncomfortable with how divided we are as a country", Boldin said. His cousin, Corey Jones, was shot to death by a plainclothes police officer in 2015 after Jones' van broke down on the side of a South Florida highway. During his senior season at East Carolina, Jones tallied a ridiculous 158 catches for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns.

"That's the reason I play this game", Boldin said August 8.

As anthem protests and demonstrations around the league are calling attention to the social platform NFL players have, Boldin's chose to focus all his attention on leveraging that platform.

Boldin began his career with the Arizona Cardinals as a 2003 second-round draft pick out of Florida State.

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