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McDermott sidesteps questions about Boldin's potential return to football

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," McDermott said Friday.

ESPN obtained a letter from Bills general manager Brandon Beane to Boldin's agent, Tom Condon, granting permission to seek a team that would be interested in making a trade with the Bills for Boldin's rights. The Bills signed Boldin in August, but he abruptly retired after barely two weeks and one preseason game, saying he wanted to devote himself to social issues that he viewed as more important than football.

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

"I'm aware that he was interested in returning with ... other than that, I'm not going to get into any specifics," the coach said. "I'm also aware of the letter that was sent.

"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. 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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