Alex Boone, 49ers Reportedly Reach Two-Year Contract Agreement

By DJ Byrnes on August 31, 2014 at 12:42p
Alex Boone in NFL action against the Tampa Bucs

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Alex Boone came to Ohio State as a heralded prospect, and while Boone was no means a bust during his time in Columbus, the big fella definitely left some potential untapped.

In February 2009, while preparing for the NFL draft in California, Boone went on a drunken tirade and ended up getting tasered by the police. A few months later, he went undrafted.

But after conquering his alcoholism — with LeCharles Bentley earning the assist giving Boone the "come to Jesus" moment he required — Boone quietly turned himself into a premiere NFL guard with the San Francisco 49ers.

As such, Boone felt his wages should be higher. The 49ers rebuffed him, and a contract holdout ensued. At one point, many NFL insiders expected Boone to be traded.

The 49ers, however, didn't dazzle in their preseason, and with key defensive pieces sidelined for reasons ranging from "exploded kneecap" to "gun and DUI charges," the 49ers need for their offense to perform at a high level has become paramount.

Regardless of the reasoning, it looks like Boone got what he wanted, at least for now:

The happiest man besides Boone right now? Probably Carlos Hyde, who has been killing it in the preseason without one of the NFL's best guards.


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steveoz49's picture

This is the business end of the deal with the NFL.  As a 49ers fan, it's frustrating that he's holding out and I get the argument "play the contract you signed" but on the same token, teams can cut you and you're done.  I don't blame him but sure wish this could've been resolved a couple weeks ago.  He's certainly turned his life around and is playing at the level that all of us Buckeye fans were hoping for.

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dwcbuckeye's picture

As a 49ers fan and resident of the City I can tell you this is a business. The 49ers wouldn't think of not just cutting someone but actually asking a player under a contract to take a pay cut. Hats off to a player willing to stand up to the Man.

Homey1970's picture

Now back to butting heads in the end zone!

hit_the_couch's picture

He deserves a new contract after going undrafted to one of the better guards in the league. There is no way he should be making backup money.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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BuckeyeChief's picture

I kind of agree, I am kind of conflicted...on one hand, they did give him a shot and he signed a contract, on the other he has outplayed his contract and they will not hesitate to cut him when he outlives his usefulness...

"2014 National with it!!!"

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Crumb's picture

~~the big fella definitely left some potential untapped.

That's the understatement of the day. I blame Jim Bollman (again).

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

We can only hope Bollman stays and works the same magic at michigan state, as their OC.  NOT.

Great to see Alex Boone doing well.

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

ScarletGray43157's picture

Really interesting article about LeCharles Bentley and his business at the link.  

LeCharles is the Anti-Bollman.  

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