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Bills sign veteran receiver Anquan Boldin

PITTSFORD -- The Buffalo Bills Monday signed veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Boldin received a one-year contract worth $2.75 million, including $1.25 million in incentives, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"Obviously, we're very excited to get Anquan on board and see what he brings from a leadership standpoint," General Manager Brandon Beane said. "And, obviously, his production speaks for itself."

Boldin, who turns 37 in October and is entering his 15th season in the NFL, visited the Bills on July 24. Although he left without a contract, he told the team he wanted to talk with his family to figure out his next step. Three days later, when the Bills opened training camp, Beane said Boldin had options besides signing with the Bills to consider.

"Everybody was confident that the Bills were a good fit, but I knew he had some other options out there," Beane said Monday. "The other thing, this was an important family decision and (coach) Sean (McDermott) and I preach family, culture, character, and we're not going to try and talk him into something that he doesn't feel is a good family fit.

"So I think he had to talk that out with his wife and kids. It was very important. And I think it was our job to help him with all the facts of what we could do in fitting his family into Buffalo and it came to the point where everybody thought it was a good fit."

Boldin ranks ninth in the league all-time with 1,076 receptions and 14th with 13,779 yards. He's 23rd in receiving touchdowns with 82.

He spent last season with the Detroit Lions. The Arizona Cardinals drafted the former Florida State star in the third round in 2003.

After seven seasons with the Cardinals, Boldin joined the Baltimore Ravens, with whom he won a Super Bowl during a three-year stint. Boldin also spent three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before joining the Lions.

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To make room for Boldin on their roster, the Bills designated rookie tight end Keith Towbridge, an undrafted free agent, as waived/injured (f0ot). That leaves the Bills with five tight ends: Charles Clay, Nick O'Leary, Logan Thomas, Jason Croom, and Wes Saxton.

Boldin is expected to talk with the media Tuesday.

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