Alex Boone deserves a new contract, it’s that simple.
An undrafted free agent tackle from Ohio State, Boone signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2009, missed the final cut, and was then signed to the practice squad.
In January 2010, Boone was elevated to the 49ers active roster, and made his NFL Debut in 2011, often appearing on specialized offensive packages and goal line situations.
By 2012, Boone was fighting for a starting job after guard Adam Snyder signed with the Arizona Cardinals prior to the start of the season.
Boone won the starting job as the right guard, and started all 16-regular season games, including the playoffs and Super Bowl XLVII.
Last year, Boone again started all 16 games including the three road playoff games that ended in the NFC Championship game.
Boone signed a contract extension back in 2011, a 4-year deal worth $6.54 million of which about $2.24 million was guaranteed. At the time, Boone was not a starting offensive lineman, but rather a backup.
Boone currently has two years left on his contract, which should pay him roughly $4.3 million.
His base salary (not including workout bonus, roster bonus, and prorated signing bonus) is $2 million for 2014, ranking him in the late 20’s as far as highest paid guards in the NFL.
He can play guard and tackle, which Boone did last season, including a December game against the St. Louis Rams when he went up against Robert Quinn, who had 19 sacks last season. Against Boone, Robert Quinn didn’t get one sack.
Alex Boone has quietly become one of the best guards in football, and he deserves a new contract. His argument is valid, but the logic behind it may favor the 49ers, who have little to spend and so many of their own to re-sign.
Hopefully, the Boone contract situation gets handled soon and the 49ers can get back to work as they try for their 6th Super Bowl Title.