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Eagles showed real interest in Anquan Boldin, per report

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The dream came so close to reality.

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Anquan Boldin is signing a one-year contract with the Lions, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter. More interestingly, however, Ian Rapoport reports Boldin drew "real interest" from the Philadelphia Eagles (and New Orleans Saints) before signing with Detroit.

This report is interesting for a few reasons. First, it could indicate the Eagles don't feel so great about their receiving corps. If so, it's hard to blame them. The Birds have some young talent, yes, but as a whole it's an uninspiring group. That the Eagles showed interested in an immediate starter like Boldin, who turns 36 this season, could show they're desperate for help at the position. It could mean the team isn't so hopeful for Nelson Agholor and/or Josh Huff.

Another reason this report is fun is because of how much Eagles fans wanted the Birds to trade for Boldin back during the 2000s when he was still with the Cardinals. I've always joked that I wanted to see Boldin sign a one-day contract with the Eagles and then retire just for comedic value, even though it'd make no sense.

Ultimately, the Eagles didn't end up with Boldin. They will move forward with their youth instead. Philadelphia desperately needs at least one of their young pass catchers to step up this season.