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:
49ers holdout G Alex Boone is expected to report to San Francisco in next 24 hours with a reworked 2-year contract, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2014
One add on to Alex Boone's deal: 49ers can't tag him after when his contract is up in two years.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2014
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.