Boldin signs with Bills for a 15th NFL sea­son

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

Sammy Watkins and the Buf­falo Bills re­ceiv­ing corps aren’t as young and untested now that An­quan Boldin is with the group.

Boldin re­turns for a 15th NFL sea­son af­ter sign­ing a con­tract with the Bills on Monday. The move pro­vides the team lead­er­ship, pro­duc­tion and an in­stant boost in cred­i­bil­ity at what had been a patch­work po­si­tion. The 36-year-old is a three-time Pro Bowl se­lec­tion, was the NFL’s 2015 Wal­ter Pay­ton Man of the Year Award win­ner and ranks among the ca­reer top 25 in sev­eral sta­tis­ti­cal cat­e­gories.

“The great thing about An­quan is what he brings on the field and off the field,” first-year gen­eral man­ager Bran­don Beane said. Last sea­son with Detroit, Boldin had 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touch­downs in 16 games.

The New York Jets will be with­out their top wide re­ceiver for the sea­son. Quincy Enunwa will be placed on in­jured re­serve be­cause a bulging disk in his neck that will prob­a­bly re­quire surgery, with a re­cov­ery time of six to nine months. Coach Todd Bowles said Monday that Enunwa will seek a sec­ond opin­ion and that the in­jury is not con­sid­ered ca­reer-threat­en­ing. Enunwa was hurt Satur­day night dur­ing prac­tice at MetLife Sta­dium.

New Mi­ami quar­ter­back Jay Cut­ler won’t play in the Dol­phins’ ex­hi­bi­tion opener Thurs­day, but look for him to be start­ing soon enough. “He didn’t come out of re­tire­ment to stand on the side­line,” coach Adam Gase said.

Cut­ler landed in South Florida on Monday to sign a one-year, $10-mil­lion con­tract. The 34year-old de­cided to de­lay the start of his TV ca­reer for the chance to re­place Ryan Tan­nehill and be re­united with Gase, his former of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor with the Chicago Bears.

Cut­ler is ex­pected to leapfrog long­time Dol­phins backup Matt Moore for the start­ing job. Tan­nehill will prob­a­bly miss the sea­son be­cause of a left knee in­jury.

Chicago guard Eric Kush will miss the sea­son be­cause of a torn ham­string suf­fered last week.

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