The veteran is a free agent this offseason, but Jim Harbaugh wants his most productive wide receiver from 2013 to return to the team.
Harbaugh stressed that the team’s receiver group remains a big part of the team’s thinking this offseason.
“We’re thinking about it a lot,” the 49ers coach said. “There’s a lot to be excited about, a lot to be done at that position and Anquan is No. 1.
“There’s angst and there’s work to be done.”
Harbaugh said he is encouraged by where things stand between the team and the receiver who caught 85 passes for 1,179 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in his first year with San Francisco.
“The direction is very positive,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not just me who wants Anquan Boldin back. I feel there’s a process. It could be days, weeks, but there’s a process. It’s going in a positive direction from the standpoint of the San Francisco 49ers.”
Harbaugh said he remains confident that Boldin can contribute in what would be his 12th season in the league.
“Really Anquan has done everything he can possibly do with the way he’s played and the kind of teammate he was last year,” Harbaugh said. “We’re all lockstep with how we feel about him.”
Harbaugh also commented on media reports of fourth-year receiver
“We’ve talked about Jon before and how I feel about him, his competitive heart, his ability," the 49ers coach said. "We remain very excited about Jonathan."