The San Francisco 49ers and guard Alex Boone remain at a standstill. Boone has yet to show up to camp as he seeks a new contract, while the Niners stand by their policy of not negotiating with players who don't attend training camp. As a result, according to ESPN's Bill Williamson, "multiple teams are preparing to approach the (49ers) about their interest in trading for (Boone)…"
The names of the teams could not be confirmed; however, whichever team emerges would likely have to accommodate Boone's demands of a new deal.
The Niners have yet to express any indication on whether or not other teams have reached out to them about Boone's availability on the trade market.
When Head Coach Jim Harbaugh was asked if he is assuming Boone will not be back any time soon by CSN's Matt Miaocco, Harbaugh simply stated, "No, not assuming anything."
Third-year pro Joe Looney got the first crack at filling Boone's spot during Thursday's pre-season opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Looney has reportedly looked sharp during practice but struggled at times during his start against the Ravens. Coach Harbaugh remained optimistic but acknowledges Looney must make the necessary adjustments throughout the pre-season.
"It was good work and things that are fixable — things that are correctable," Harbaugh said. "Look forward to getting that done between our first game and our second game."
Boone has two years remaining on the five-year extension he signed back in 2011 and has started every game over the past two seasons.
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