The standoff between the San Francisco 49ers and right guard Alex Boone, who is holding out for a better deal, continues. The 49ers have reached out to Boone but it apparently had little affect on the situation.
From the Sacramento Bee:
General manager Trent Baalke and other members of the 49ers have reached out recently to holdout Alex Boone, according to multiple sources, but the team’s starting right guard remains resolute in his stance.
Boone wants a new deal with the 49ers, tired of being paid like a backup –which he was when he signed the deal in 2011– and wanting to be paid like the starter and staple of the offensive line like he is. The 49ers have a policy about ripping up existing deals crafting new ones, mainly that they won’t do it and expect their players to honor their contracts.
In a somewhat hypocritical move, the 49ers restructured outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks’ contract, creating an extra $2 million in salary-cap space. Money that could go to Boone if the team backed off of their stance. The 49ers have a little under $10 million in cap space to work with too.
Baalke won’t discuss the talks though.
“Once again, nothing positive is going to come from discussing any of this, our strategy, how we deal with players, how we deal with this situation or others,” Baalke said. “I’ve never seen anything positive come from that.”