Detroit Lions signing WR Anquan Boldin

NEW SIGNING: Receiver Anquan Boldin scores a touchdown with the San Francisco 49ers last season. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

NEW SIGNING: Receiver Anquan Boldin scores a touchdown with the San Francisco 49ers last season. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

DETROIT — Still looking for help for their Calvin Johnson-less receiving corps, the Detroit Lions are adding another veteran to the mix.

The Lions are signing wide receiver Anquan Boldin in a deal that’s expected to be done Tuesday. ESPN, which first reported the news, said the contract is for one year.

Boldin, who turns 36 in October, led the San Francisco 49ers with 69 catches for 789 yards last year and has a history with Lions coach Jim Caldwell.

Boldin played the 2012 season with the Baltimore Ravens, when Caldwell took over as offensive coordinator late in the year and the team went on to win the Super Bowl.

Asked about the possibility of reuniting with Caldwell at Super Bowl 50 in February, Boldin said he’d be all for it.

“Caldwell’s probably one of the better coaches that I’ve played for,” Boldin said at the time. “I love the way he goes about his business. He’s just a great guy and … probably every player in this league would like to play for Caldwell.”

The Lions have dramatically reshaped their receiving corps in the nearly five months since Johnson retired.

They signed Marvin Jones at the start of free agency to pair with Golden Tate atop the unit, added slot receiver Jeremy Kerley a few weeks later and since have signed veterans Andre Caldwell and Andre Roberts.

TJ Jones, a sixth-round pick in 2014, also returns after catching 10 passes for 132 yards last year, while Corey Fuller’s future with the team is uncertain as he deals with a foot injury.

Boldin, who worked out for the Lions last month, said in February that replacing Johnson would be more than a one-person task.

“Those are big shoes to fill,” he said. “I mean, he’s probably one of the better receivers in this league. Plays at a high level, so those are big shoes to fill.”

Though Boldin averaged just 11.4 yards per catch last season, he fits the mold of the veteran stopgap receiver the New England Patriots sometimes added during new Lions general manager Bob Quinn’s time in New England’s front office.

The Patriots traded for Randy Moss when he was thought to be at the end of his career, only to have him experience a renaissance playing with quarterback Tom Brady. They later dealt for Chad Ochocinco in a similar situation.

Boldin could help the Lions as a No. 3 receiver and in the red zone.

The Lions hold their first practice of training camp Friday.

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