The San Francisco 49ers are playing hardball as guard Alex Boone failed to report to training camp on Wednesday.
San Francisco placed Boone on the reserve/did not report list, meaning that Boone doesn’t count against the 90-man training camp roster. In other words, the 49ers currently have one roster spot open.
Every day that Boone fails to report is a $30,000 fine.
Although I whole heartedly agree that Boone deserves a new contract, I don’t necessarily agree with the holdout. The 49ers have shown this offseason that they don’t offer extensions to holdouts.
Joe Staley, Colin Kaepernick, Anquan Boldin, and Bruce Miller, all got contract extensions in the offseason, meanwhile, Vernon Davis, who held out from mini-camp, was a first day show up on Wednesday.
Alex Boone needs to show up to camp like Vernon Davis did.
He needs to show up and only then, under the “49er way“, perhaps the San Francisco front office can workout a much deserved contract extension.
Everyday he’s out, is another day for Joe Looney (2012 fourth round pick) or Adam Snyder, who was the starting guard before Boone, to gain an upper hand in the starting lineup.
Bottom line is this, the 49ers were prepared at some point, to lose a guardin the next year or two. They’ve prepared long in advance by adding depth through free agency and through the draft (Brandon Thomas, 3rd round pick 2014 Draft), and for Alex Boone, that’s not a poker hand you want to play.