Programming note: For comprehensive 49ers coverage from Santa Clara, tune in to SportsNet Central tonight at 6:00, 10:30 and midnight on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
SANTA CLARA – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one of the teams that called the 49ers about the possibility of acquiring holdout Alex Boone, have filled their need on the offensive line.
Meanwhile, the 49ers and Boone’s representatives still have not spoken or exchanged proposals since the opening of training camp, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.
The Buccaneers pulled a trade with the New England Patriots on Tuesday to land six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round draft pick.
Multiple teams have approached the 49ers to gauge interest in a possible trade for Boone. The 49ers are asking teams for a first- or second-round draft pick, according to a source. In other words, the 49ers are not interested in trading him.
The 49ers’ offensive line has not looked good during the exhibition season. But Boone’s replacement, Joe Looney, has fared better in recent weeks. The problem on Sunday was left guard Mike Iupati, whose breakdowns in protection led to a couple of hits on quarterback Colin Kaepernick, including a sack-fumble.
“It’s football,” Iupati said. “Just got to step your game up next time. I didn’t play my game.”
Boone has been a Pro Bowl alternate in each of the past two seasons. He is also considered one of the leaders on the 49ers' offensive line.
The NFL Network recently reported the 49ers’ offer to Boone would have placed him within the top-12 of guards in the NFL. But two sources told CSNBayArea.com those numbers were not accurate.
One source said the deal would have been completed long ago if the 49ers had offered Boone top-12 money.
Boone is scheduled to earn $2 million this season and $1.2 million in 2015. He is subject to $30,000 in fines every day he remains away from the 49ers.
He forfeited a $50,000 workout bonus in the offseason and is subject to nearly $70,000 in fines from skipping the team’s mandatory minicamp in June.
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.