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The Alex Boone Thread!!!!!

Play out your contract. It's reasonable to want a new contract with one year left. The 49ers seldom sign people that reach free agency unless they test the market and find it wanting, and then come crawling back for less than what was offered in the first place, and then they're gone the next year, usually ending their career. It's not reasonable to want a new contract with two years left, because the team has to prioritize the players that will become free agents after the season before you (can you say Crabtree?). I agree Boone has out played his contract, but so what? That gets you a pay day after this season. He took the cash last time on the come at the Niner's risk, so man up until it's your time. I don't want to lose him, but OG is the easiest position to replace on the team. If he doesn't play, he doesn't get paid, he doesn't accrue an NFL year, he'll be a year older, and he is still under contract to the Niners for two years. He has no leverage. He'll be back or he's really really stupid, and I don't think he's stupid.
This is why I despise some agents. This is no doubt being done by his agent, even the stories about teams being interested.

What a scumbag.
Originally posted by simplyfloyd:
This is why I despise some agents. This is no doubt being done by his agent, even the stories about teams being interested.

What a scumbag.

Agreed. That's why we can't give in. Setting a precedent by giving in is a bad thing when money grubbing agents are providing the advice. We need our FO to take a hard line so this never happens again.
Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
I disagree with this argument. Its not about "betting on yourself." Its about protecting yourself from a major injury playing a very violent sport. You can be the greatest of all time, but if a 350 pound lineman roles up your leg, your career can be seriously delayed if not over. See the promising Kendall Hunter. Lord knows if he'll ever get another shot in the NFL or sign a life changing contract.

Then it's betting on yourself to stay healthy. Either way, the most risk-averse strategy is generally the least profitable. He gets financial security, so the 49ers get a discount. You always give something to get something. He made his choice, now he wants to change the deal, since he already got that security he wanted. It's still crap.
always took Boone as a team first guy......seriously can't believe he wouldn't be with the team right now....
At this point, holding out is nothing more than a temper tantrum. He knows he can't get any more money by holding out, and everyone knows the threat of sitting the entire season is BS because if he sits he's still under contract for 2 more years. But he's mad, so he's gonna go sit & pout.

He'll be back with his tail between his legs before the first regular-season game.
Originally posted by AmpLee:
Agreed. That's why we can't give in. Setting a precedent by giving in is a bad thing when money grubbing agents are providing the advice. We need our FO to take a hard line so this never happens again.

All of this x 100.
People can debate whether Boon should have held out, but the problem is there is noone on the roster who can replace him now.
Originally posted by Rascal:
People can debate whether Boon should have held out, but the problem is there is noone on the roster who can replace him now.

I think passing judgments after one preseason game is premature, to say the least. None of the guys can likely match the same performance level as Boone but its entirely possible that Looney or Kilgore could be more than passable. Time will tell.
Originally posted by Rascal:
People can debate whether Boon should have held out, but the problem is there is noone on the roster who can replace him now.

problem is, there is in no way you can cave to his contract demands.....
Baalke got this all under control
Originally posted by WRATHman44:
Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
I disagree with this argument. Its not about "betting on yourself." Its about protecting yourself from a major injury playing a very violent sport. You can be the greatest of all time, but if a 350 pound lineman roles up your leg, your career can be seriously delayed if not over. See the promising Kendall Hunter. Lord knows if he'll ever get another shot in the NFL or sign a life changing contract.

Then it's betting on yourself to stay healthy. Either way, the most risk-averse strategy is generally the least profitable. He gets financial security, so the 49ers get a discount. You always give something to get something. He made his choice, now he wants to change the deal, since he already got that security he wanted. It's still crap.

No doubt that's the NFL game, but the game is skewed in favor of the team/owners. Football players have the absolute worst contracts in all of major sports. A majority of these guys have very little guarantees for the amount of money they bring in and the skill it takes to get and stay in the NFL. You can say "don't sign the contract," but is that really a legit option? If you're not a QB, you have very little leverage. The team knows that they have 90 percenpt of players by the balls, but that's a different argument for a different time. If injuries weren't so common, most of these guys would have no problem playing out their rookie contract and hitting the FA Market to see what they are really worth. You got a remember, a guy like Boone wasn't even drafted. I don't know how much his original contract was, but it wasn't much at all. I think the Niners new they would make him a starter before they offered him very good "back up" money. Our front office is shrewd.
Adam Snyder is hurt so Boone adds a wee bit of leverage but at what cost? You get more valuable as your teammates get injured while you are at home on the couch. You wait and hope they either stink up the joint or fall like dominos to various injuries. Then you hope to return to the team a richer man to be a part of a TEAM!! Well business is business but there has to be a better way to get things done
Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
No doubt that's the NFL game, but the game is skewed in favor of the team/owners. Football players have the absolute worst contracts in all of major sports. A majority of these guys have very little guarantees for the amount of money they bring in and the skill it takes to get and stay in the NFL. You can say "don't sign the contract," but is that really a legit option? If you're not a QB, you have very little leverage. The team knows that they have 90 percenpt of players by the balls, but that's a different argument for a different time. If injuries weren't so common, most of these guys would have no problem playing out their rookie contract and hitting the FA Market to see what they are really worth. You got a remember, a guy like Boone wasn't even drafted. I don't know how much his original contract was, but it wasn't much at all. I think the Niners new they would make him a starter before they offered him very good "back up" money. Our front office is shrewd.

Sure they did! Same with T Brown Ian Williams Boone Kilgore and would've with Cully if not for injury and legal issues.
Originally posted by Allx9er:
Baalke got this all under control

This times 1,000. I have 100% faith in Baalke to do the right thing. He is not intimidated. I am totally OK with whatever happens, because I know that Baalke is not going to screw this up.