The San Francisco 49ers are not fans of handing of restructuring deals to hand out pay raises to players currently under contract. Right guard Alex Boone is set to put that theory to test and there was a report from ESPN’s Bill Williamson in mid-June that Boone would not show up to camp without a new deal.
I’ve been under the impression since April that Boone has no intention of coming into camp unless he gets a new deal. Unless Boone changes course and decides he can’t stay away, the only way he comes in is with an extension.
The 49ers are also steadfast in their stance. It’s their policy not to tear up existing deals and give players new contracts. Giving in to Boone might set a bad precedent.
Now a report from CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco seems like that is going to become a reality.
It's less than two weeks before start of #49ers training camp, and I'm hearing no way RG Alex Boone reports on time without a new contract.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) July 12, 2014
The real issue for the 49ers if they back down to Boone is that they can’t expect to enforce those rules on other players. The other side of this stand off is that they don’t have anyone to replace Boone, a key piece of one of the league’s best offensive line units.
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