OTAs are supposed to be voluntary but as everyone knows, most coaches consider them mandatory. This means that when a player skips out on OTAs, it’s usually a sign that things are not right between that player and the organization in question.
So, we can safely conclude that things are not right between Alex Boone and the San Francisco 49ers right now, as Boone has elected not to report for the team’s first round of OTAs.
Boone, who is set to make $2 million this year, is believed to want a new contract from San Francisco. Boone’s current deal expires after the 2015 season.
Signed as a UDFA in 2011, Boone started at tackle with San Francisco but moved over to guard. He has played well at guard but is currently the second lowest-paid member of San Francisco’s offensive line.
Multiple things are working against Boone in his quest to get a new deal. For one thing, San Francisco has a bunch of other players they need to worry about extending first, including Colin Kaepernick and Michael Crabtree. Second, San Francisco just drafted a pair of interior linemen in Marcus Martin and Brandon Thomas.
In other words, the chances of Boone scoring a rich long-term deal with the 49ers are pretty slim. His best bet might be to hit free agency after 2015 and try to score big with another team.