It’s no secret that the Buccaneers are in need of some help at offensive line position. Okay, that may be putting it lightly. Anyway, good news! Help may be on the way in the form of 49ers guard Alex Boone. According to ESPN‘s Bill Williamson, the 27-year-old has grown disgruntled with the Niners organization since he was unable to receive a contract extension after holding out early in the offseason. With both sides still far apart in negotiations which would increase his pay from the five-year deal he signed back in 2011 when Boone was being paid as a backup, the 49ers are gauging interest in the displeased guard.
This is where the Buccaneers come in. Even though one source for NFL.com‘s Chris Wesseling claims that the Bucs haven’t gotten into any “real conversations” regarding Boone, there is a belief that there is a “real interest” in acquiring the guard’s services. However, Tampa will only pull the trigger on a deal for the right price. While the Bucs greatly value rookie Kadeem Edwards out of Tennessee State, he still needs some time to develop.
In addition to offering a costly contract extension to Boone if they do acquire him, the Bucs may also need to offer upwards of a third-round pick to the Niners. Is Tampa willing to do all that for Boone? It probably depends on how well the offensive line performs in their next preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.