Just a couple of weeks after saying he was playing to win another championship, Bills wide receiver Anquan Boldin has pulled the plug, saying he has a higher calling than football. “Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work and at this time, I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority. My life’s purpose is bigger than football.”.
There’s no doubt in my mind, he has a higher calling. And that he was going to commit himself to this once his career was over.
But did he really think his career was going to be over two weeks after signing with Buffalo?? If so, why sign with them in the first place?. Because this is not what he signed up for. He signed up thinking the Bills would do everything they could to win; right now.
He signed Aug. 7, again, saying he was “playing to win another championship.” Then they dealt their most talented player, Sammy Watkins just four days later… And they traded for wr Jordan Matthews who fractured his sternum in his first practice. Then Tyrod Taylor had a game where he had a Q.B. rating of 12! No wonder Boldin retired.
It’s the epitome of for who, for what?!. He went there to contend for a title; they don’t want to contend, so he’s moving on to the next phase of his life. Of course he is. If they’re not going to commit to doing everything possible to win, why should he? Not to mention the guy probably decided he wasn’t going play his last year in the NFL with Nathan Peterman under center. No offense, Nate.
So Bills gm Brandon Beane can talk all he wants about how he annoyed he is by all this tank talk, but it’s not just message boarders and twitter eggs who think it… It’s his own players. Because there’s no way a guy as proud and dedicated as Anquan Boldin would just shut it down two weeks after committing if they weren’t… I know this guy has a higher calling than even football… and that committing to it was his plan all along. But the plan wasn’t to commit to it just two weeks after he signed… He changed his plan as soon as he discovered what the Bills plan was.. I.E. to break it up, rebuild and put themselves in a position to get the best possible Q.B. they can in the 2018 draft.
I don’t even have a problem with that being their plan. My problem is with them saying it’s not their plan. Because clearly it is. Go ask Anquan Boldin.