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Former Bills teammates unfazed by Anquan Boldin's desire to play elsewhere

If Anquan Boldin wants to play somewhere else, that's fine with the Buffalo Bills teammates he had for barely two weeks last August.

"He was only here for 13 days," linebacker Preston Brown said with a smile Friday. "It wasn't like he was here for 13 years. I mean, it is what it is."

Thursday, it was revealed that Boldin – who had signed a one-year contract with the Bills on Aug. 7 and then abruptly announced his retirement Aug. 20, because the 14-year veteran receiver said he wanted to devote more attention to social issues – apparently is interested in playing again.

Just not with the Bills, even though they happen to be doing pretty well at 4-2 and could use some help at receiver.

ESPN's Adam Schefter obtained a letter Bills General Manager Brandon Beane sent to Boldin's agent giving permission to seek a team that would want to make a deal with the Bills for the receiver's rights. Schefter reported that Boldin's preference would be to play for a team near his home in Florida, where he is from.

Beane said Friday night that there had been no discussions about Boldin returning to the Bills and said he "no plans" to release him.

"His representatives reached out. So if we can find something that’s a win-win, we will do it but other than that, no, I don’t expect anything to happen," Beane said.

Brown said he was not offended by Boldin's desire to play elsewhere.

"We really don't care," Brown said. "He's one of my favorite players of all time. Great guy. I mean, if he wants to continue playing, that's great. If he doesn't want to play here, that's cool. We'll hopefully get something else for it.

"He hasn't been playing for us and we've been doing just fine, so hopefully we can get a pick or something. You never know what we can get. I mean, Anquan's a great guy; he wants to go somewhere else. It happens everywhere. Guys want to leave, it's totally fine."

Center Eric Wood expressed similar sentiments about Boldin's desire to resume playing somewhere other than Buffalo.

"I don't have a ton of reaction about it," Wood said. "At this point of the season, I can't warrant too much of my thoughts on something like that. But he's played so well for so many years and has such a positive reputation that ... if he wants to come back and play, he's earned that right. And if he doesn't want to come back here, then hopefully we get something for him and that was probably a good signing."

Sean McDermott steered clear of any discussion about Anquan Boldin's apparent interest in returning to play.

"My focus and our focus is on this game (Sunday), the 63 guys that I coach and the Oakland Raiders right now," the coach said.

Asked repeatedly if the Bills had been interested in Boldin returning to them, McDermott was evasive.

"I am 100 percent focused on this football team and anything else would be a mistake on my part, I wouldn't be doing my job," he said. "So that's what I'm focused on. I care about the guys in this building and we've got a big challenge in front of us come Sunday, so we've got to respect that process also."

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