I don't know that I would call this "breaking news", or even really news. It's more somewhat of a confirmation of news that we really kind already assumed. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was discussing free agent wide receivers earlier this afternoon, and he said both the 49ers and Anquan Boldin want to continue their arrangement in 2014.
As for other FAs, I’m told #49ers want WR Anquan Boldin back and the feeling is mutual. I’d expect something to get done to keep him.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 13, 2014
In the video version of this report, he said the 49ers are "very interested" in keeping him. Boldin has inferred that he liked his time in San Francisco, and it has not been hard to then stretch that to think he wants to be back. Even something as simple as saying he enjoyed his "first year" in San Francisco counts in my mind.
The question now of course, is whether or not they can figure out terms. I would like to think they can, but we don't really know where the valuation stands between the two teams. I would be surprised if they were too far apart for a deal, but it's mostly guess-work at this point. My guess is the talks will heat up later next week at the NFL Combine. You get all 32 teams and most agents in the same place at once, which means deals can really take a step forward. Obviously people can talk on the phone during this lull before the Combine, but doing things in person is so much easier.