49ers can go after Alex Boone’s signing bonus for holdout

The San Francisco 49ers remain in a “dead lock” with guard Alex Boone, who has been holding out for a new contract. The 49ers have a policy against ripping up existing contracts and drafting new ones.

That hasn’t stopped Boone from trying to make a point though. Tight end Vernon Davis threatened to hold out but ended up showing up for the start of camp.

Now that the hold out has hit the six day mark, the 49ers can go after Boone’s signing bonus.

From Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News

And now the 49ers can start pursuing a prorated portion of Boone’s $1.7 million signing bonus from his 2011 extension (15 percent of this year’s figure, or about $51,000), according to the collective bargaining agreement for players who are absent six days into training camp. They can keep chipping away at that prorated bonus 1 percent each day ($3,400) or up to $85,000 if he skips all of camp (and another $85,000 if he misses the Sept. 7 regular-season opener).

That isn’t the end of the fines Boone faces. He can be fined each day he misses and for missing minicamp.

The 49ers can fine him $30,000 each day he misses at training camp, on top of nearly $70,000 for ditching minicamp. He also missed out on a $50,000 bonus after boycotting the offseason program.

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