Report: Alex Boone contacted by San Francisco 49ers


NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has noted several times this month that the San Francisco 49ers have a policy against negotiating new contracts with players who don't report to training camp. That doesn't mean the team will cease communication with holdout right guard Alex Boone, however.

General manager Trent Baalke and other members of the organization have reached out recently to Boone, reports Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

Baalke has refused to comment on the situation, and there is no sign of a breakthrough in the standoff. Rapoport has reported that Boone will not rejoin his teammates until he's rewarded with a contract that pays him more than his current $2 million salary.

It comes as no surprise that Joe Looney, a 2012 fourth-round draft pick, is drawing raves as Boone's replacement in practices.

"(Looney) also had some 'wow' moments during the practice," coach Jim Harbaugh said over the weekend, per CSN Bay Area. "One in particular, I was like, 'Wow.' He pulled, he was on a track, he was square, he delivered a blow. Good things."

The 49ers are also buoyed by the knowledge that Looney held his own in a spot start against the Rams last season.

Although Boone is deserving of a pay raise, he appears to lack leverage this summer. The 49ers have quality depth on the interior.

Perhaps just as important, Baalke doesn't want to rip up Boone's contract with Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree and Mike Iupati in search of new deals.

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