The San Francisco 49ers have been one of the best teams in the NFL since Jim Harbaugh became their head coach. In just three years, they've won 41 games (including playoffs) and made a trip to the Super Bowl.
Much of that has been due to having one of the best offensive lines in football, and guard Alex Boone has been a big part of it. His 30.1 grade from Pro Football Focus was third-best of 80 qualified guards in 2012.
However, Boone is tired of playing for the bargain of a deal he signed in 2011, and he's holding at in hopes of getting a new deal. The 49ers are now considering trading for him, and "multiple teams" have inquired about him, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.
Multiple teams are interested in pursuing a trade for holdout 49ers guard Alex Boone, a source on Saturday confirmed to CSNBayArea.com.
It is not known if those teams have yet reached out to the 49ers to open trade talks.
The source could not reveal the teams that have shown interest.
"It’s definitely multiple teams that are interested in him," the source said.
After being signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft, the former Ohio State Buckeye was released on the final day of roster cuts. He was signed to the practice squad, and slowly rose to become one of the top guards in football.
However, he's still making only $2.6 million in 2015, and will get just $2 million in 2015. It's easy to see why he's aggressively pursuing a new contract, but it's looking less and less likely he'll get it with the 49ers.
Of the teams who are probably showing interest, the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all have cap space and a big need at guard.