CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco hit it on the nail as he said G Alex Boone was underpaid. A player that signed a four-year deal worth $6.5 million, Boone has two years remaining on that current contract. Originally an undrafted rookie free-agent in 2010, Boone has taken significant strides as a player both on and off the football field. Maiocco spoke on the 49ers guard situation and Boone’s recent absence from voluntary workouts as he said:
“And I think it’s going to be either or G Mike Iupati and G Alex Boone. Alex Boone has skipped the entire off-season program, he’s looking for a new contract. He’s vastly underpaid and the 49ers know that too. Iupati, he’s a two-time Pro Bowler, he’s entering his contract year so he can see that big money on the horizon when he can become a free-agent. It’s going to take a very big contract to land him. I think that’s going to be more difficult for the 49ers to accomplish for him then it would be for them to get a new deal for G Alex Boone.”
And I couldn’t have agreed with him more. Boone is a cheaper alternative and despite Iupati being one of the best, if not the best guard in football, his asking price may be too steep for GM Trent Baalke’s liking. Just look at T Joe Staley and the contract he signed and you can see why Iupati may be the odd man out. Not to mention, the 49ers drafted G Brandon Thomas and G/C Marcus Martin in this year’s draft, it’s apparent the 49ers added multiple insurance policies in case Iupati does indeed depart.
With the 49ers continuing to shape up their roster, Iupati will need to sign a contract well below market value if he wants to remain in San Francisco. A player that has been a staple along the offensive line since his rookie season in 2010, Iupati may be too rich for the 49ers blood in the end, forcing the 49ers to go in another direction in 2015.