The San Francisco 49ers have been stern over the years about their policy on negotiating new deals with players; if you don't show up to training camp, there's nothing to talk about.
In the case of guard Alex Boone, neither side has given any ground, however, according to the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows, general manager Trent Baalke and other members of the 49er brass have reached out to Boone. Barrows notes that while no negotiations have started due to Boone's absence, the NIners have kept in touch with the fifth-year pro. At the moment, all signs and reports back that Boone will not budge on his holdout if he is does not receive more than the $2 million he is scheduled to make this year.
As multiple reports surfaced over the past few days about the restructuring of linebacker Ahmad Brooks' current deal, it brought attention to the fact that the Niners now have additional cap space for this year or next, if they choose to carry that over. CSN Bay Area reports that Brooks is scheduled to make $5.1 million this year, but the Niners and Brooks have agreed to make $3.395 million of his contract into a signing bonus. That money can now be paid to Brooks over the course of his deal, which goes through 2017. This in turn allows San Francisco to be roughly $10 million under the cap at the moment.
With the notion of added wiggle room on the table, the Niners may be more willing to talk to Boone. But with Baalke still refusing to even acknowledge the Boone holdout, it may just be speculation and wishful thinking to believe the Niners would give ground on their stance at this point.
"Once again, nothing positive is going to come from discussing any of this, our strategy, how we deal with players, how we deal with this situation or others…I've never seen anything positive come from that." Baalke told reporters.
The only "give" Baalke has shown to reporters is that he has expressed interest in extending the contracts of wide receiver Michael Crabtree and guard Mike Iupati. So adjusting the cap room now, could be a sign for things to come.
Additionally, tight end Vernon Davis is also a candidate to benefit from the financial move by SF. Davis had originally expressed a desire for a new deal with a threat of a holdout, but ultimately arrived to camp on time, possibly motivated by the new deal tackle Joe Staley received. Staley reported on time and participated in all the 49er offseason workouts.
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