The San Francisco 49ers and right guard Alex Boone appear set for a stand off during training camp ahead of the 2014 season. Boone wants a new deal and the 49ers have a policy that they will not tear up existing deals and give out raises.
A report from ESPN’s Bill Williamson in mid-June said that the two sides were headed towards this stand off.
I’ve been under the impression since April that Boone has no intention of coming into camp unless he gets a new deal. Unless Boone changes course and decides he can’t stay away, the only way he comes in is with an extension.
The 49ers are also steadfast in their stance. It’s their policy not to tear up existing deals and give players new contracts. Giving in to Boone might set a bad precedent.
Roughly a month later, CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco confirms that initial report and says he hears there is no way Boone doesn’t hold out if he doesn’t get a new deal.
It's less than two weeks before start of #49ers training camp, and I'm hearing no way RG Alex Boone reports on time without a new contract.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) July 12, 2014
Unfortunately for the 49ers, they might be the ones without leverage here. Boone is a talented player on a formidable offensive line but the team doesn’t have anyone who can come close to replacing him. At the same time “knuckling under” to Boone will open the door for other players to test the 49ers front office.