ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Anquan Boldin's Bills career has ended before even played a regular-season game.

Boldin left the Bills Sunday and informed the team that he is retiring for the NFL, according to ESPN's Jim Trotter.

The Bills confirmed the news shortly after 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Bills GM Brandon Beane released the following statement:

"We respect Anquan's decision to retire from the NFL. We appreciate the time he gave us the past two weeks. He is one of the best receivers to play this game and we wish him all the best moving forward."

Boldin, who the team signed earlier in training camp, was expected to be big part of the Bills offense this season — especially after the team traded former first-round pick Sammy Watkins last week.

Boldin could be destined for the Pro Football Hall of Fame some day. He finishes his career with 1,076 receptions (ninth all-time) for 13,779 yards (14th) and 82 touchdowns (23rd).