SAN FRANCISCO – While chatter has swirled about Jim Harbaugh’s future with the 49ers in recent weeks, wide receiver Anquan Boldin has secured his status in San Francisco — and credited the coach for his decision to come back.
The franchise gave Boldin several million other reasons, too.
The 49ers signed Boldin to a two-year, $12 million contract — with $9 million guaranteed — Monday, keeping quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s top option from last season and one of Harbaugh’s favorites from hitting free agency.
“He’s a guy I had a real good relationship with,” Boldin said of Harbaugh on a conference call with reporters. “Me and him were able to talk about anything. And I just like his demeanor, the way he approaches the game. He’s a guy that wants to win. I’m the exact same way. So I think we mesh pretty good.”
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Boldin, 33, who was set to become a free agent next week, led San Francisco with 85 catches for 1,179 yards to go with seven touchdowns last season. He was traded from coach John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens to the 49ers in the offseason for a sixth-round pick after helping Baltimore win the Super Bowl.
Source: Manning passes neck exam
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, who earned his record fifth league most valuable player honor last season, has passed the exam on his surgically repaired neck that was required by his contract with the Broncos that will pay him $20 million next season, according to a person with knowledge of the results.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because results of medical checkups typically aren’t announced.
The 37-year-old Manning’s most recent game was a 43-8 loss to the Seahawks in last month’s Super Bowl.
• Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes, 30, cashed in on his comeback with the Miami Dolphins. He signed a $32 million, four-year contract to remain in Miami. The deal, which includes $16 million guaranteed, rewards Grimes for his recovery from an Achilles tendon injury that forced him to miss much of the 2012 season.
• The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a two-year contract with 29-year-old safety Bernard Pollard that keeps their top tackler off the free-agent market.
• Washington placed a franchise tag on outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, a three-time Pro Bowl performer, all but ensuring he will remain with the team next season.
Washington used the nonexclusive tag, worth about $11.5 million for 2014. Orakpo, 27, is eligible to become a free agent, but Washington will have the right to match any offer by another team and could receive two first-round draft picks as compensation if he signs elsewhere.
• The league has formally designated New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise-tag value, which is set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.
Because Graham often split out from the offensive line as a receiver would, there have been questions concerning whether the collective-bargaining agreement calls for Graham, 27, to have a receiver’s tag, which is worth $12.1 million.
• Buffalo opted to not use a franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd, 27.
• Transition tags were used on Pittsburgh linebacker Jason Worilds, 26, and Cleveland center Alex Mack, 28. Those players can accept offers from other teams beginning March 11, when free agency begins, but their teams have the option to match any bids.