Alex Boone has been absent the entire season, missing voluntary workouts, mandatory mini-camp, all of training camp, and the first preseason game, and yet, Boone’s presence is still being felt by San Francisco.
Over the last couple of days, the rumor mill has began to swirl that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are possibly eyeing the 49er guard in a trade.
According to the ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas, Tampa has what the 49ers don’t have: money.
It’s time for the Bucs to trade for guard Alex Boone. He’s in a contract holdout, and it doesn’t look like the cap-strapped 49ers are willing to give Boone a raise.
According to NinerCapHell.com, San Francisco is about $7 million under the cap right now, but bear in mind that the 49ers are trying to extend the contracts of wide receiver Michael Crabtree, guard Mike Iupati, and linebacker Aldon Smith.
As we stand right now, Joe Looney has taken over at right guard for Boone, and started last Thursday’s preseason game against Baltimore. Looney also saw regular season action last year when Boone was moved to left tackle for an injured Joe Staley.
Each day that Boone is absent is another chance for Looney to leave his mark as the new starting right guard for the 49ers. It’s possible that San Francisco could play out the Boone holdout well into the regular season, while keeping an eye on Looney’s play.
For now, the Boone holdout continues, and the trade rumors continue to swirl, with no end in sight.