Trading For Boone Would Be CostlyAugust 21st, 2014
Some Bucs fans, with the ghastly memory of the offensive line playing the part of matadors against Jacksonville all too fresh in their minds, are still rubbing their rabbit’s foot (feet?) hoping upon hope the Bucs grab someone outside One Buc Palace to upgrade the front line.
Of course, when Ian Rapoport of NFL.com recently dropped a report that Tampa Bay is interested in disgruntled 49ers guard Alex Boone, for a handful of hours, these same Bucs fans were giddy thinking the cavalry was coming.
Of course, that may be wishful thinking. Per Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, pulling Boone loose from the 49ers might prove a costly endeavor.
Try no cheaper than a second round pick.
The 49ers have a high value on Boone and would rather he play for them. Boone, by all accounts, wants to be with the 49ers where he has started the last two seasons at right guard.
He has held out 29 days since the start of training camp. His agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, have a track record of holding clients out while they negotiate better deals.
As it stands now Boone is the 43-highest paid guard in the league in average salary. The 49ers have made an offer to Boone, but it was not close to what he is seeking and the two sides remain far apart. That’s why, despite the two sides’ mutual interest in seeing Boone remain in San Francisco, the stalemate has dragged on.
Barrows goes on to type that it is not even clear if the 49ers would trade Boone to another NFC squad. So aside from the cost of acquiring Boone, one would have to coerce the 49ers to keep him in the NFC.
As it stands, the Bucs seem comfortable with their offensive line. There was progress made in the Dolphins game. More progress against a strong defensive front like Buffalo would certainly be encouraging.
It seems like the Bucs would be more inclined to mine the waiver wire in the next two weeks than pay a high price for Boone, who may not even be available.