After missing all of training camp, right guard Alex Boone will return to the 49ers with something he's wanted all offseason…a pay raise.
According to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, Boone will likely report to the Niners by Monday after reworking the remaining two years of his contract. The 27-year old was scheduled to make $2 million this season and roughly $1.5 million for 2015, but after tweaking his current deal, Boone will make about $6 million over the next two seasons.
As part of the reworked contract, the Niners have agreed to not franchise tag the durable guard after the 2015 season, adding emphasis on working out a new deal once the contract comes to an end or letting Boone test free agency.
Although the Niners resisted temptation to give Boone a raise, as Pro Bowlers Mike Iupati and Michael Crabtree entire the final seasons of their contracts, it appeared as though the Niners were not willing to see how Joe Looney would fair in the beginning of the regular season. Looney had his ups and downs during the preseason and did show improvement since the exhibition opener against the Baltimore Ravens, but with some uncertainty regarding right tackle Anthony Davis' health entering the season, the Niners needed some reliability on the right side of the offensive line.
Looney, while entering his third-year in the league, has only played four regular season games and has yet to have a start. Boone on the other hand, has started every regular season game over the past two seasons, while also playing in every game over the past three seasons.
Back in may, CBSSports.com's Pat Kirwan wrote that Boone only gives up a sack every 148 pass plays, while also aiding the run game as the offense has averaged 4.87 rushing yards per play since he joined the starting lineup back in 2012. Additionally, the Ohio State product is called for a penalty only once in every 239 plays.
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