Originally posted by 49AllTheTime:
Originally posted by Paul_Hofer:
if he holds out i dont think the team needs to have him on the roster, The 49ers don't have to cut him and he cant sign anywhere since they have his rights for two years...so it wont hurt the 53
Originally posted by matt49er:
I don't believe they can "just let him rot" without keeping him officially on the 53-man roster. He could be inactive of course but it would mean an empty position on the 53. If the Niners release/cut him, he'd be free to sign with another team.
Originally posted by trogdor:
Originally posted by 49AllTheTime:
Csnbc reported he will not show up at all until he gets anew contract
So I say forever holdout
This is either a negotiating tactic and the Niners will call his bluff and he'll show up, or he's angling for a trade as some here have suggested. If he's hoping for a trade then we've probably seen the last of Boone
If he's angling for a trade, I hope the Niners completely shut that down and tell him we have plenty of young/cheap talent at interior OL and they will just let him rot and fine the crap out of him. If I were the 49ers, I'd tell him look, show up, prove you're still the starter, play well and we'll see about a deal. If not, we'll gladly fine you $30K/day and let you "holdout" for 2 years. Good luck getting a contract then buddy.
Yup, there's something like a "Failed to Report" designation that gains the team a roster exemption, while they maintain his rights. I agree that they should not trade him unless they get maximum value in a trade. If they let him force his way off the team, every underpaid starter and talented backup will try to do the same. This is just a dumb move by Boone and his representation, unless they honestly believe that some team will stack up big value to get him. I hope the 49ers fine him dry (we need the cap space), then he has to show up at the midseason mark to get FA credit for this season. He could have to play for free before this is all over, lol.
I have no patience for arguments that justify player holdouts, but the "teams don't honor the contracts, either" crap pisses me off the most. When players sign contracts, they receive signing bonuses and guarantees. What is the point of designating which money is guaranteed? This designation exists because it is understood that the annual salaries are value-based guidelines that are continually assessed as a production vs cost metric. If anyone believed that the contract was going to be played out no matter what, then guarantees would not exist. If a player "outplays his contract," that is simply the result of accepting financial security over maximum earning potential. Any player can choose to "bet on himself," as Flacco did, but most are afraid of the risks associated with the game (from a financial perspective), so they accept a below-market deal to keep the money coming in. This is especially true with late-blooming talent (like Boone). He had every right to refuse the extension that the 49ers offered him and try to earn a starting spot on his rookie deal. Had he become a starte before he signed his deal, he would have gotten more money. He chose an earlier deal to avoid risk, and he is receiving less money because of that. Choices have consequenses. Learn and move on, but don't act like the team wronged you. They paid a backup OL who came to the team as an UDFA $2 million/year. He could have bet on himself. He didn't. Now he's betting on his agents.