Trade a possibility for holdout guard Alex Boone

AP

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.

71 responses to “Trade a possibility for holdout guard Alex Boone

  1. Let him hold out. After he lose enough money he will be back, he has a contract he sign play it out, if you’ll that good make them pay.

  2. We are in the driver’s seat. Best scenario: we make a trade for like a 2nd and 4th to deepen our draft pick pool for 2015. He would be worth even more to the right team who want to make him a starting left tackle, which he is good enough to be.
    Remember: this guy would have been a high draft pick out of Ohio State if he hadn’t partied so much back then.

    Singletary and Harbaugh got this guy to grow up and helped turn his career around, which he seems to have forgotten.

    Looney will come around and we have the rookie Martin from USC. I like the FA we picked up from Seattle too. We have plenty of depth on the O-Line. So let’s cash in for the future at the expense of Boone, who seems to have forgotten his inglorious past.

  3. Rob Sims is a FA next year and the Lions could be interested in a long-term Guard replacement, and that gives the 49ers an immediate Guard replacement plus whatever else they might need to deal for in a trade with the Lions.

  4. He would make $2.5mil this year and $1.9mil next year. He signed a 4 year deal worth $6.54mil two years ago.

  5. I love the uneducated 49ers fans who think Boone is easily replaceable… He, not the 49ers chose to quit drinking to excess. His problems led to the 49ers getting a top flight lineman for pennies on the dollar. He’s noticeably better than Iupati and any other wannabe you have in your pipeline. He owes the 49ers nothing. The N.F.L is a business and a two way street for teams and players. I see cracks developing with the 49ers. Offensive line, (guard and center), Safety, and the Defensive Line… Those new jeans could have stains…

  6. If we get offered multiple high picks then trade him. If not then we need to have a sit down with him and his agent. Either way a win for both sides.

  7. The guy has far outworked the backup contract he signed two years ago. He deserves a better deal, either in Santa Clara or elsewhere.

    Sign him or trade him ‘whiners, he earned the deal.

  8. If you reward a holdout… they simply hold out again at some point becsuse it worked the first time…….. he will report or be traded. That is how good teams stay good.

  9. Who can blame him? He just came to the reality of the situation faster than some of the Santa Clara 49’ers– he knows they have no chance of unseating the Seahawks in the NFC West for the next decade.

  10. @Cguy – better then Iupati? You have to be kidding me, Iupati is a top 5 guard while Boone ranks outside the top 10 according to pro football focus in 2013. Please at least make valid arguments.

    He’s replaceable, but great news is the 49ers don’t have to replace anything because he has no leverage.

  11. He’s not better than Iupati, who was a first round draft pick and consensus all-pro and will get a huge contract from somebody next year in FA. Talk about uneducated. Jesus.

  12. Does Pittsburgh still have an NFL team? It’s been so long since they were a factor, I wasn’t sure if they were still around.

  13. @cguy7- not saying Alex Boone is easily replaceable at this point but not seeing the cracks in the guard/center position that your seeing.
    Niners starting center is Daniel Kilgore which has some upside to him, Niners also took the best center in the 2014 draft in Marcus Martin out of USC, he’s a stud. Niners picked up Jonathen Martin a respectable O lineman this offseason and they also drafted Brandon Thomas out of Clemson in the 3rd round which would have went higher if it weren’t for his injury before the draft. Thomas was first team All ACC in 2012 and second team All ACC in 2013. He will rehabilitate this year and be ready for next year. Uneducated???

  14. This is far different the. The “revis style” holdouts. This guy signed a back up contract, for back up money. The past two years he’s been one of the best guards in the league, not missing a game, and making pennies compared to his peers. I don’t blame him in the least. 9ers need to step up and pay him, or trade him. His production has far exceeded the entire value of his whole 4 year contract.

  15. I love Boone, but if the teams keep rolling over every talented star is going to want to redo their contracts.

    If that’s the case the teams should be able to renegotiate if a player has an off season like Ray Rice did last year.

  16. Has there been a bigger roster meltdown based on contracts? Only the ravens and skins had a worse offseason in the media.

    #everyplayerforhimself

  17. @cguy7
    I love the uneducated 49ers fans who think Boone is easily replaceable… He, not the 49ers chose to quit drinking to excess. His problems led to the 49ers getting a top flight lineman for pennies on the dollar. He’s noticeably better than Iupati and any other wannabe you have in your pipeline. He owes the 49ers nothing. The N.F.L is a business and a two way street for teams and players. I see cracks developing with the 49ers. Offensive line, (guard and center), Safety, and the Defensive Line… Those new jeans could have stains…
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    Better than Iupati, I hope that was joke. Boone had a great 2012 but graded out as merely average in 2013 (according to PFF). And “cracks” developing at guard and center? They just selected the top rated center and one of the top rated guards in this last draft. Safety??? Their last two 1st round draft picks have been safeties. One has looked great so far in training camp from all accounts and the other (Eric Reed), well he only made the probowl after his 1st season. DLine? Look up Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial bc you obviously have no clue what you’re talking about. The Seahawks have some intelligent fans but you clearly aren’t one of them.

  18. This has Tampa Bay Buccaneers written all over it. The Bucs have the cap space with the deal made with Carl Nicks, and Alex would be welcome in Tampa. Waiving some cash-ola….tax free too baby…compare that to Calif FOR NI A.

    Come on down!

  19. slick50ks says:
    Aug 9, 2014 4:59 PM
    I said, maybe the Chiefs can screw them again on another trade.

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    Coming from an unbiased fan, you can’t be serious. You traded a bust for a bust, and 2 2nd rd picks for Alex Smith who suddenly wants to be paid like he is top 5. Where exactly did you screw them? Because you still have your bust WR on roster? Seems they just trimmed the fat earlier. WR trade is even and they won on the Smith trade so yeah advantage 49ers. Silly chiefs fans, just wait until you don’t play that last place schedule this year.

  20. Tampa is calling you Alex Boone! Florida is calling you too! Palm trees, sunshine, instant starter. And did I mention California has a state income tax rate of 12.3% while Florida has ZERO. Yup…nada….zilch…as in NO income tax. Do you know what else? Your $950K salary plus bonuses of about $700K is chump change to the Bucs. They can EASILY pay you $3M UP FRONT with NO…NO….NO state income tax my friend. Do you want to fly first class, or just charter a plane? The Bucs will arrange that for you too.

  21. Realistically, a Fourth Round Pick compensation is what the 49ers receive…

    He should hold out, distraction will create more pressure for 49ers staff…

    They’ve got enough drama, if they’re smart, they will trade and move on…

  22. San Fran has about a $1M cap hit on Boone. Boone can be traded for a 3rd round pick AND assume the contract. The Bucs can easily triple that (double it if you count the bonuses that Boone gets). This is one of those situations where everybody will make out…Niners, Bucs, and Boone. Do it now!

  23. Calls 49ers fans uneducated… then claims Boone to be “noticeably better” than ALL PRO Mike Iupati. Yeah you can just go ahead and stop talking now.

  24. No dog in this fight but Boone’s problem and what SF knows is that Boone is that interior O-linemen are simply too fungible to get too worked up over. Sure he deserves more $$ and if the situation were reversed, they’d just release him but hey that’s the world he lives in. If he was a studly left tackle, it would be easy but he aint. You can’t cave like this as a team or every goddamn guy who has a good season or two will start pulling a Marshawn Lynch.

  25. Alex Boone is clearly underpaid, but the way the salary cap works, you can’t renegotiate the contract for everyone on your team that is underpaid. In addition, they can’t trade him because that would motivate others in the future to holdout for a new deal.

  26. @cgay7.
    Feel free to never embarrass yourself again by saying Boone is better than Iupati. Just by having Bruce miller back makes the 49ers run game much more special. If Boone was playing in any other oline he would be mediocre at best.

  27. DON’T DO IT !!!
    Re-Negotiate Boone’s contract !!
    What’s so hard to understand ?
    He deserves a decent salary
    Give it to him

    Our first pre-season game showed how well our OL works iwth 3 new OL members
    Re-Sign Alex Boone !!

    Trade Blaine Gabbert, instead

  28. “the Santa Clara 49ers are having a rough off season”

    the since 2012th man wants to believe so bad that everything is doom and gloom for the Niners. Its comical really because any unbiased fan can see they are poised for another strong year.

  29. goldbloodedindfw says:
    Aug 9, 2014 6:02 PM
    “the Santa Clara 49ers are having a rough off season”

    the since 2012th man wants to believe so bad that everything is doom and gloom for the Niners. Its comical really because any unbiased fan can see they are poised for another strong year.

    ——-

    Leave her and the rest of the 2012th man. They’re just learning how the nfl works.

  30. I like Boone but I think they should make him sit for both years if he continues to hold out, no trade. His agents have screwed him cause he would likely have a better contract if he showed up. Initially it seemed he just wanted a raise not top tear guard money. If that was the case he would likely have gotten it by reporting.

  31. If the Niners want to make an example of Boone, then trading him is not a good option, because other players will figure they can do the same. Get traded to a new team and get a new contract. Even though it may seem vindictive or even spiteful, the best option may simply be to suspend him without pay for two years even if it means not getting any draft picks or players in return.

  32. Boone has more versatility. Can also play both tackle positions including left tackle. Has better mobility and feet than Iupati. Saw Iupati get beat like a drum on several occasions on an inside move last year in a prime time game.

  33. The Hawks will give you Carpenter straight up for Boone. And if you want to send a tackle our way, well feel free to send us Staley. We’d be happy to give you Britt in exchange.

  34. Seattle used to be a fun city in the pacific north west, until they started to think some how, they were the ones making the tackles. Hey coffee dorks, you guys one once. Now back to irrelevance. Your barely a major sports town. The Mariners are AAA, and the Sonics…well you know.

  35. Trade him. He will fail miserably with a new team. He did well with the Niners because he was in the right system! Don’t let him be a distraction. Get rid of him!

  36. Alex Boone is committing career suicide. Boone is an above average OL. He is replaceable. He is definitely not better than Iupati. He would have a new contract if he reported. Boone and his agent are clearly blind to how the 49ers operate. Iupati is going to get a monster contract from someone. Most likely not the 49ers. If Boone reported, plays on the contract he has, next he gets the big contract he wants to replace the void left by the departure of Iupati.

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