According to multiple sources, many NFL teams are interested in potentially trading for San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone, who has been holding out of 49ers’ training camp in order to gain more leverage in earning a contract extension.
#49ers Feeling around league is multiple teams are poised to show interest in trading for holdout G. Alex Boone.
— Bill Williamson (@BWilliamsonESPN) August 9, 2014
Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area confirmed this report. He also said it’s unclear which teams have shown interest in Boone’s services and if these teams have even reached out to the 49ers yet about a potential trade.
However, according to ESPN, teams that could use another guard and could possibly be interested in Boone are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Indianapolis Colts, and the New York Giants.
The 49ers have made no progress with Boone in negotiations on a contract extension, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. In fact, it appears as if the 49ers might already have another plan in place if they can’t work out an extension with Boone.
Joe Looney, who was a 2012 fourth round pick out of Wake Forest, has started in place of Boone so far in practice and in the 49ers’ first preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens this past Thursday. If Looney can prove his worth in preseason, Boone could become expendable.
Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com expressed Boone’s potential trade value, if the 49ers decide to go in that direction.
What do you think, 49ers fans? Should the 49ers trade Boone and start Looney? Should the 49ers work out a contract extension with Boone as soon as possible? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.