On Sunday, the speculation of the New York Giants being interested in San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone started up, especially since he is holding out with hopes of a new contract.
That interest, which had been considered only speculated on Sunday, has now been somewhat confirmed by Jason Cole of Bleacher Report. Cole reported that the Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the two teams he saw that could have the most interest and might offer a third-round pick for him.
Bucs & NYG, 5-6 teams to be potential players in any Boone trade. 49ers could land Day 2 pick? http://t.co/Cz1o3JaJ36— Jason Cole (@JasonPhilCole) August 11, 2014
With the retirement of Chris Snee and no set player at right guard (Brandon Mosley has been starting at right guard in the preseason thus far), it would make sense for the Giants to be interested in adding a top-notch offensive lineman to plug into a unit that struggled to the point where the line needed major revamping and an overhaul.
The Giants added Geoff Schwartz, Charles Brown, J.D. Walton and John Jerry through free agency and drafted Weston Richburg to help out the likes of Mosley, Will Beatty and Justin Pugh, but after two preseason games, fans are already suspicious of the offensive line, so a trade for Boone could ease those suspicions.
Aside from the Giants, Cole mentioned that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be another team that might be able to offer the 49ers a third pick as well for him, as could '5-6 other teams' in need of strong offensive line help, as Cole put it on Monday.
There was some difference of opinion on the idea of the Giants trading for Boone because of the salary cap issue, as Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record felt a trade was unlikely due to the cap.
Giants may fit on paper as trade partner for SF's Alex Boone, but doesn't fit $ wise. Boone wants new deal, unlikely #NYG can give one.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) August 11, 2014
Pat Traina of Inside Football though, differed with Stapleton and felt that a trade could happen since the Giants have roughly around $8.523 million in salary cap space.
FYI, NYG has .523M in cap $$ if they are indeed entertaining a trade for Alex Boone (which would be surprising). Cap $ not an issue.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) August 11, 2014
The one thing that everyone has to remember is that a trade won't happen unless Boone is guaranteed to get a new deal and will not play unless that changes; hence why he's currently sitting out for the 49ers right now. Even if the Giants sent San Francisco a third round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Boone's not going to be happy if he's still on his old deal, which is $2 million for 2014 and $2 million for 2015.
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