The 49ers will have options if they want to trade Alex Boone, the guard who is holding out as he seeks a new contract.
Multiple teams are interested in a trade for Boone, CSNBayArea.com reports.
A team trading for Boone would presumably either be willing to give him the new contract he desires, or have an assurance from Boone’s camp that he would be willing to report to his new team.
Boone has started all 16 games for two straight years in San Francisco. While Boone holds out, Joe Looney is starting at right guard, and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh acknowledged that Looney has some work to do.
“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.”
The 49ers have indicated that they will not reward Boone’s holdout with a new contract, which means this situation could drag out a while — unless one of those interested teams can persuade the 49ers to make a trade.