Although the team is not officially commenting on the contract the 49ers have agreed to a 4 year contract extension with offensive lineman Alex Boone. Boone has proved to be a steady backup at both tackle positions for the 49ers after the team chose to stick with him over veteran OT Barry Sims this off-season.
Boone was a college standout at Ohio St before going crazy and getting arrested and video taped acting like a moron just before the draft. As a result of his bar barrack behavior Boone was not drafted. The 49ers picked him up and stuck him on the practice squad for a season where he worked hard and showed some promise. Boone has showed up to training camp the last 2 years in the best shape of his life and looks to have turned things around.
Contract Details And Why This Is The First Of Many Extensions You Will See For SF This Year After The Jump.
The Niners gave Boone a $1.7 million signing bonus late last month and added four years to the deal — keeping the second-year pro off the free agent market.
Boone will make $450,000 in 2011, $540,000 in 2012, $950,000 in 2013 and $1.2 million in 2013. The deal also includes some escalators.
With the NFC West clinched at 10-2 the 49ers are sitting pretty in large part due to some free agent bargains they found this year. Those and some others who have their contracts coming up in the next year or so will be targeted for extensions by the organization. The team has already locked up star running back Frank Gore and now Boone and have reportedly talked with the agent of corner back Carlos Rogers.
Many players including Ricky Jean Francois, Rogers, Delaine Walker, Ahmad Brooks and Dashon Goldson to name a few have openly talked about their desires to stay in SF long term. The 49ers have showed in recent seasons that they take care of players who have played well and stayed loyal to the team. That’s why I fully expect this to be the first of many extensions the team will hand out before the playoffs begin.
Players I think will sign:
Carlos Rogers: I believe is actually next up, look for him to sign a 4-5 year deal worth about $6.5 million per year.
Ricky Jean Francois: This guy is a no brainer, becomes a FA after the 2012 season. Very solid player, Vic Fangio called him the DLs 4th starter. Look for him to sign a similar deal to Boones.
Dashon Goldson: I know some may laugh but I actually believe Goldson learned his lesson and will advise his agent to agree to a deal just like the one the 49ers offered him at the beginning of FA this year. 5 years $27 million.
Delaine Walker: I have a feeling the 49ers are going to pay Walker. Even after giving Vernon Davis a big deal, look for Walker to strike a 5 or 6 year deal at about $3.5-$4 million a piece.
Ahmad Brooks: He’ll be the last to sign but will eventually agree to a 4 or 5 year deal with a hefty raise. Prediction, 4 years, $24 million.
Players that won’t sing:
Braylon Edwards: Unless he comes on really strong, I think this is it for Braylon in SF. Michael Crabtree has really come on strong lately and Kyle Williams has arrived. Combine that with Joshua Morgan’s eventual return next season and Ted Ginn Jr’s emergence as a competent WR. I see Edwards making another stop on Braylon’s world tour next year.
Moran Norris: Thanks to Bruce Miller we won’t have to look at this guy ever again.
Terrell Brown: CB will still be an area of concern for the 49ers heading into the draft and free agency. The team won’t want to pay Brown what he can get on the open market. With Chris Culliver, Tramaine Brock and a couple of additions via the draft/FA Brown’s exit is an easy one to see coming.