SANTA CLARA — Of all Anquan Boldin's reasons for re-signing Monday with the 49ers on a two-year deal, coach Jim Harbaugh's influence might be the most captivating, especially in this climate of perceived 49ers chaos.
Boldin dispelled any notion of locker-room discord with Harbaugh, who has taken the 49ers to the NFC Championship game in each of his three seasons as coach.
"I don't think there's any rift between players and coaches, particularly Coach Harbaugh," Boldin said Monday on a conference call.
"He has good rapport with all the guys I know of. There's no gripes in the locker room when it comes to Coach Harbaugh."
Instead, Boldin credited Harbaugh with a "big role" in keeping the 11th-year wideout from reaching free agency March 11. Boldin, 33, also cited the 49ers' Super Bowl chances and his family's attraction to the Bay Area. Plus, he'll get paid $6 million annually, just like last season upon his trade from the Baltimore Ravens.
But when it came to Harbaugh, Boldin took the media's proverbial ball and ran with it, noting he "laughed" at a report (Sunday in the San Francisco Chronicle) stating Harbaugh's "act has worn thin in the locker room."
"He wants to win and everybody in the locker room wants to do the same," Boldin said. "We're usually on same page, and if not, we have it where we can talk to him and he can talk to us." Such cases indeed arose last season, and Boldin said Harbaugh has "taken into consideration how we felt."
Harbaugh has two seasons remaining on his five-year, $25 million deal. While he awaits word on a potential extension, he has a vocal ally in Boldin.
Said Boldin: "I just like his demeanor, the way he approaches the game. He just wants to win. I'm the exact same way. We mesh pretty good. He was good to me the entire year. The entire organization was. I was accepted right away. They used me in the right way."
Boldin is guaranteed $8.5 million in his new deal. The 49ers acquired him last March from the Ravens in exchange for a 2013 sixth-round draft pick.
"He is a consummate professional whose love and respect for the game provide a tremendous example for all players," general manager said. "Anquan has been a very productive player throughout his career and we look forward to his future contributions to our team."
Two months after acquiring Boldin, Michael Crabtree tore his right Achilles in practice, and that thrust Boldin into the No. 1 receiver role. From there he produced a team-high 85 catches for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season. Of Boldin's 16 playoff receptions, eight (for 136 yards) came in a divisional road win at Carolina.
Coaches voted Boldin as the team's MVP (Bill Walsh Award) last season, and he never appeared on an injury report throughout their march to the NFC Championship game.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick targeted Boldin on 150 passes last season, according to ProFootballFocus.com. And the only one that got intercepted was during a fourth-quarter freefall in the 23-17 loss to Seattle in the NFC final.
Boldin's new deal includes a $4.5 million signing bonus and $955,000 salary for this season, according to ProFootballTalk.com. By not using the franchise or transition tag before Monday's deadline, the 49ers have several other key players headed for free agency: safety Donte Whitner, kicker Phil Dawson, cornerbacks Tarell Brown and Eric Wright, center Jonathan Goodwin, running back Anthony Dixon and wideout Mario Manningham.