So what’s the difference between his old contract and this new, reworked one? Here it is per Ian Rappaport:
What did #49ers for Alex Boone? Rolled his incentives into base salary. Boone can make $6M over 2 years. Would’ve made $5.75M if he started
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2014
Also, according to Matt Maiocco, “As part of the agreement, the 49ers can not place the franchise tag on Boone at the end of the conclusion of the contract.” Obviously Alex Boone wants control of where he goes next, if he were to move after his current contract ends in 2015.
Apparently there was not much movement on either side to get a new deal done until the rosters were finalized yesterday. Perhaps the 49ers realized the immediate need for Alex Boone on the offensive line and didn’t want this to turn ugly.
This deal, which comes less than 24 hours after the San Francisco 49ers finalized their 53-man roster, will now cause a shakeup. Who will become the casualty?
Considering the San Francisco 49ers only kept six healthy offensive lineman — the injured one being rookie center Marcus Martin — on the roster could mean that the cut comes elsewhere. Or, it could mean that undrafted rookie Dillon Farrell gets cut just a day after making the team.
Whether or not Alex Boone starts this coming week is also a tough call because he has been holding out since training camp, but expect him to take his starting job back at some point. For now, expect Joe Looney to stay put at guard, at least for a week.
What happens after that is still up in the air. At the very least San Francisco regains some of it’s depth back at line.