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Report: Anquan Boldin wants to play again; Bills grant his request to seek trade

Anquan Boldin apparently is ready to end his brief retirement – if another team makes an offer acceptable to the Buffalo Bills.

ESPN's Adam Schefter obtained a letter sent Thursday from Bills General Brandon Beane to Boldin's agent, Tom Condon, granting him permission to seek out a trade partner.

Boldin, 37, retired from the Bills on Aug. 20, less than two weeks after signing a one-year contract worth up to $4 million. At the time, he issued a statement saying he was retiring to focus on his humanitarian efforts.

"Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on  my humanitarian work," the statement read in part. "At this time, I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority. My life's purpose is bigger than football."

Earlier Thursday, Time magazine published an article written by Boldin under the headline "Why Players Protest." It starts, "My life’s purpose became bigger than football in August, when I decided to walk away from the game I love — a game to which I have dedicated nearly my entire life — in order to become a champion for criminal justice reform and both racial and social equality."

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By placing Boldin on the reserve/retired list, the Bills kept his rights, meaning he would not be able to play for another team unless he was traded.

During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio the day after announcing his retirement, Boldin said he would not consider signing with a contending team later in the year.

"Do I feel like I can still play? Of course. I feel like I can play more than six weeks or 10 weeks, I feel like I can play an entire season, so that isn't a question for me," he said. "My passion for the advocacy work that I do outweighs my passion for football at this point, so I'm not coming back to play for a contender or do anything else. I'm done with the game of football, and I appreciate all the opportunities that I've been afforded because of football, but at this point I'm done."

Beane's letter to Condon gives Boldin's representatives until 1 p.m. on Halloween to seek out a trade, which is three hours before the league's deadline for such transactions to be made this season. The letter also states that Boldin can't make visits, take a physical or tryout or discuss a new contract with another team.

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