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Alex Boone reports to 49ers; Michael Sam unclaimed off waivers

Boone grew tired of playing for the bargain of a deal he signed in 2011.

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The San Francisco 49ers got some good news today regarding their offensive line. Offensive guard alex boone is ending his holdout and will rejoin the team before Week 1 of the NFL regular season begins.

The 49ers have been one of the best teams in the NFL since 2011. 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 grew tired of playing for the bargain of a deal he signed in 2011, and it appears he's finally getting a deal that will pay him like one of the NFL's best guard.


One of the top players to be waived during final cuts was St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam. It seemed like a team would have taken a shot on him, but no one did, and now he's bound for someone's practice squad.

With the 249th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Rams selected Sam out of Missouri, where he was the SEC defensive player of the year in 2013. He terrorized defenses this past year, racking up an SEC leading 19 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.