Originally posted by English:
Originally posted by Giedi:
I think you *have* to take his UDFA in consideration, because that means the scouting and O-Line coaches are doing something right. Also, because he was UDFA, we used a draft pick for possibly another position. Finally, the practice of trading depth for draft picks is an old one and he's just the most recent iteration of that age old practice. He just might be this years Alex Smith, but on the position of O-Line. I don't want him to leave the team, I'm agreeing with all the folks who say pay the man, but at the same time - you can't force him to play here if he just doesn't want to play here. 49ers have reached out and still there is not movement on the negotiation side, so the option of punishing him and letting him rot via the CBA, I don't think is a good one. His value will drop over time as he continues to languish at home with his beer and wine and not practicing with the team. The rule that you don't negotiate with a player until he shows up at TC is a good one if that player genuinely wants to play for the 49ers, if he hates the 49ers - that rule isn't going to change his mind.
49ers saved his butt. Why should he hate them?
Why would he hate us or more importantly his teammates? and what does trading him cheaply while he has 2 seasons left on a cheap contract
solve? It solves some other team's problem and makes them better and meanwhile we get a 3rd rd pick or less? He** no! We need multiple day 2 picks to move this guy as a minimum because otherwise it ain't worth it. We are doing the right thing right now by letting him sit on reserved/not reporting until he inevitably shows up for work. Now I realize that NFL players get the short end of the stick compared to soccer basketball and baseball but this is football!
Play the game and earn your pay and yes, use your leverage when it is time to do that as well. Thing is in this scenario Boone doesn't have enough leverage under the current CBA to keep sitting at home. Baalke is in the catbird seat and by November we will all understand this including Boone!
[ Edited by Pillbusta on Aug 11, 2014 at 3:52 PM ]