San Francisco 49ers right guard Alex Boone won’t show up to training camp and will hold out as expected.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for video of Niners G Alex Boone reporting for duty today. Not gonna happen. Interesting standoff continues.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 23, 2014
49ers’ tight end Vernon Davis did show up to training camp on Wednesday, another player who had considered holding out for a new deal and pay raise. Boone is arguably a more important part of the offensive line and more grossly underpaid and more deserving of a raise, with more leverage.
Boone can face a fine of $30,000 per day in and, after five days, partial signing bonus forfeiture. Those factors played a role in Davis showing up to training camp. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio says that those fines are often waived when a player does show up.
It’s common for teams to waive fines when a holdout ends, and it’s just as common for no one to talk about it. It’s a point Hines Ward recently made on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, regarding his own 2005 holdout, which lasted until the middle of August.
The standoff could get messy because the 49ers have a strict no re-negotiating policy with players under contract, and with two years left on his contract, with base salaries of $2 million in 2014 and $1.2 million in 2015, Boone fits that bill. If they give him a new deal, it could only open the floodgates for more players to try their luck down the road.