San Francisco 49ers’ guard Alex Boone finally ended his holdout over the weekend, signing a two-year deal worth about $6 million.
Peter King of The Monday Morning Quarterback believes the signing may have set a dangerous precedent.
I think the 49ers set a dangerous precedent for their team in a few ways Sunday, bringing back guard Alex Boone from his summer-long camp holdout, as Adam Schefter reported. One, they chose to not collect his fines for going AWOL from camp despite having two years left on his contract. Two, they told him they wouldn’t put the franchise tag on him when his contract expires after the 2015 season. Three, according to Pro Football Talk, the club raised his pay over the next two seasons from $3.7 million to $6 million total. With the first team offense looking offensive in Weeks 2 and 3 of the preseason, GM Trent Baalke obviously swallowed hard and did some objectionable things (for him) in bowing to Boone. But the protection of Colin Kaepernick was an issue, and Boone was badly missed. Boone rattled his sword and won. Will the next Niner unhappy with his contract (Vernon Davis?) be able to do the same?
Davis, who has expressed his desire for a new contract very well could do the same thing. Although the 49ers believe they have upgraded at receiver, Davis still may be their most valuable pass-catcher and a player they certainly rely on.
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