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Will Guard, Alex Boone, Force the San Francisco 49ers’ Hand?

July 15th, 2014 at 5:49 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

With the San Francisco 49ers training camp scheduled to begin on Wednesday, July 23rd, it is highly unlikely that guard Alex Boone will be present. 

CSN's Matt Miaocco first reported that there was "no way" Boone shows up to camp without a new contract.

Much like tight end Vernon Davis, Boone is seeking a new deal, even though the 5th year pro still has two years remaining on his current deal. The undrafted free-agent out of Ohio State originally signed a five year $8.04 million contract back in 2009 and is scheduled to make $2 million next season and $1.5 million for 2015. 

What is certainly in Boone's favor is that his current contract had the makings of a deal for a backup; however, over the past two seasons Boone has been as reliable as anyone starting every game for the last two seasons. At just 26 years old, it wouldn't be farfetched to think that Boone has yet to hit his prime.

With that being said, Boone may have chosen a difficult time to get what he wants from the 49er brass. Along with dealing with their Pro Bowl tight end, the Niners must find some wiggle room for wide receiver Michael Crabtree and All-Pro guard Mike Iupati who are free agents after this season. Also, according to ESPN NFL Nation's Bill Williamson, the 49ers may be discussing the possibility of giving Pro Bowl tackle Joe Staley a brand new contract. 

If push came to shove, locking up Boone now could provide some insurance for the 49ers if more established players like Iupati prove to be too costly.

For the time being, the 49ers could flip the script on Boone to where his holdout could become too costly for him. Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, San Francisco could fine Boone $30,000 for every day that he misses.

It will be interesting to see over the next few weeks as to who flinches first.

 

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Tags: Alex Boone, Football, Guard, Michael Crabtree, NFL, San Francisco, San Francisco 49ers, Vernon Davis

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