According to a league source via ESPN, the San Francisco 49ers have received multiple discussions about the possibility of trading their starting right guard G Alex Boone. A player who clearly outplayed his contract while being a safety net for QB Colin Kaepernick’s strong side, Boone believes a new deal should be in place. In late 2011, Boone signed a four-year deal worth $6.5 million, making him one of the most underpaid players for a starting right guard. And with G Joe Looney’s recent struggles against the Baltimore Ravens in the preseason opener, Boone’s stock may have risen as the 49ers can not afford a weak link inside the trenches.
So with two years remaining on his current contract and a little over $4 million on the table, where do both parties go from here? While a trade is a last resort it could happen, especially if Looney or rookie G/C Marcus Martin steps up in the preseason as many NFL teams would covet a right guard like Boone.
Some trading partners may include the Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers, and Denver Broncos.
However, what should the 49ers expect in return? Considering Boone is a solid starter with Pro Bowl potential, I would think a third-round pick would be enough compensation. Sure, he’s worth more than a third-rounder but it takes two teams to agree on a deal and most NFL teams are reluctant to budge on anything more especially with a wild-card like Boone who has a history of questionable off-field behavior.
With the 49ers continuing to build their roster while Boone holds out, it will be interesting to see if and when a deal gets done as the season opener is right around the corner.