Holdout Boone, 49ers remain apart in contract stalemate

Holdout Boone, 49ers remain apart in contract stalemate
August 18, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Alex Boone's representatives haven't been able to strike a deal with 49ers President and chief negotiating officer, Paraag Marathe. (AP)

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SANTA CLARA – Guard Alex Boone remains away from the 49ers in a contract holdout with no indication the sides are any closer to coming together.

On Monday, NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt reported Boone turned down a contract that would place him in the top 12 among offensive guards.

But if the 49ers had indeed offered Boone that kind of money over the life of the contract, it would have been completed long ago, according to a source. Boone is scheduled to earn $2 million this season and $1.2 million in 2015.

Another source said the 49ers offered a contract extension that adds seasons onto his existing years and salaries. That could be the biggest sticking point in the stalemate. The 49ers do not want to do “tear it up” deals with players who have remaining seasons on their contracts.

Therefore, the 49ers’ offer over the life of the contract would not place Boone’s total package within the top 12. And the new money in 2016, '17 and '18 probably will not be top-12 money in those years due to a projected rising salary cap and escalating salaries league-wide.

President Paraag Marathe is the 49ers' chief negotiator. Boone's agents are Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod. They also represent Darrelle Revis, Vincent Jackson and Roddy White, each of whom got lucrative contracts after holding out.

Philadelphia’s Evan Mathis is currently the 12th-highest-paid guard in the NFL in average salary per year at $5.13 million. New England’s Logan Mankins is the highest-paid guard at $8.5 million annually.

According to figures obtained from the NFL Players Association, Boone ranks 36th with an average salary of $1.897 million.

Boone is also subject to fines of $30,000 daily for his failure to report to training camp, which began July 23. He did not collect a $50,000 workout bonus in the offseason. He is also subject to nearly $70,000 in fines for not attending the team’s mandatory minicamp.

Third-year player Joe Looney is slated to replace Boone for as long as he remains away from the team. Multiple teams have started to express interest in acquiring Boone in a trade, but there's no indication the 49ers are willing to part ways with his contract rights.