The San Francisco 49ers agreed to terms today with Anquan Boldin on a new two-year contract that will keep the wide receiver in town through 2015. As is the case with notable contracts, the 49ers made Boldin available to the media on a conference call. And naturally, he was asked about the rumored Jim Harbaugh locker room issues.
Boldin said he normally doesn't pay much attention to sports media during the offseason, but he heard about the Harbaugh stuff yesterday. He said his initial reaction was to laugh at it. He said he does not think there is any rift, and he has not heard any griping in the locker room. He stated that there is an open door policy in the locker room that can allow for gripes to be heard. He said Harbaugh wanted to win, and the team was on board with his mentality.
While this will not shut down the naysayers, I do think it shows us that while there might be some complaining, it's not as bad as columnists would have us believe. Boldin is a well respected veteran who is not going to put up with crap from players getting in the way of winning a Super Bowl. A few players might have a problem, but I really don't think it's some toxic atmosphere that is going to tear apart the locker room.
This is not the end of this story, but it's nice getting some comments about it on the record. The Florios of the world will look for other sources for information, but I am plenty happy with what Boldin had to say. He is the kind of guy who will shut down a few complainers and try and keep the team focused on the big prize.