The San Francisco 49ers and offensive lineman Alex Boone are reportedly no closer on a new deal that would end a holdout that dates back to the start of the offseason, and now teams are beginning to prepare potential trade offers. And while the 49ers maintain they have no intention on dealing Boone, he is prepared to stay away from football as long as he needs in order to secure what he feels would be a better contract.
Among the teams already speculated to be a possible trade destination for Boone — assuming, of course, the 49ers cave and actually trade him — are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants. However, the speculation surrounding the Giants dates back to when Chris Snee announced his retirement from the NFL, and thus far there's been no public movement to acquire Boone.
I wonder now how active the Giants will be in trying to add a veteran guard. We'll see if they check the Niners' pulse on Alex Boone.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 21, 2014
The one major hiccup in any potential quest to acquire Boone would be his demands for a new contract — a contract that would require top-end starter money. And with dwindling cap space available, and many pending free agents already on the roster, the Giants may not have what it takes to not only satisfy the 49ers in a trade, but satisfy Boone with a hefty contract.
All of that said, there's no denying the Giants could benefit from a player like Boone. They're in need of nasty, mauling offensive lineman and Boone would certainly fit that bill. He's more than capable of taking over at right guard and could also play right tackle if need be (Justin Pugh is currently holding that position down, however).
At this point, any potential trade with the 49ers is a pipe dream, but as General Manager Jerry Reese says, "never say never."
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