San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone is in the midst of an extended holdout, which could very well last into the regular season. The two sides are not close on a potential extension and San Francisco has made it a philosophy not to negotiate contracts with holdouts. 

In reality, the situation likely won’t be resolved during training camp.

According to an ESPN report, this has prompted multiple teams to prepare themselves to put in a call to the 49ers about Boone’s availability. 

Multiple teams are preparing to approach the San Francisco 49ers about their interest in trading for holdout guard Alex Boone, according to a league source.

Boone is one of the best guards in the NFL, so it’s not too much of a surprise that teams would show interest in him. But it’s highly unlikely that San Francisco would give in and trade one of its best offensive players.

Former fourth-round pick Joe Looney struggled big time in Boone’s stead in San Francisco’s preseason debut against the Baltimore Ravens. He was consistently pushed back at the point of contact, which led to the 49ers failing on some third and short situations. Former Miami Dolphins second-round pick Jonathan Martin also struggled to an extent on Thursday evening.

ESPN points to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants as two teams that might show some interest.

As one of the most underpaid players in the NFL, Boone is set to earn just $4 million over the course of the next two seasons.

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