SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- So what was Alex Boone mostly occupied with during his lengthy holdout, which came to an end Monday?
“Really, just laying on the couch, holding my babies, not doing much,” the San Francisco 49ers right guard said Tuesday afternoon in the team’s locker room. “That’s about it.”
Well, not quite.
Boone was also in Chandler, Arizona, working out six days a week with former NFL offensive lineman LeCharles Bentley and trying to stay in shape for the regular season.
As such, without a single preseason or training camp snap, Boone believes he could step in Sunday in the 49ers’ season opener at the Dallas Cowboys and reclaim his starting job from Joe Looney. The 6-foot-8, 300-pound Boone has started 32 straight games.
“That’s up to the coaches,” he said. “Personally, I think I’ll be very effective.”
Per ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Boone’s previous contract, which would have paid him up to $4 million over the next two years, was torn up in favor of a new two-year deal, with an increase in salary and incentives if he reaches the Pro Bowl. The 49ers also will not be able to use their franchise tag on Boone once the new contract has expired, sources told Schefter.
Boone acknowledged the no-tag provision, saying he wanted to ultimately experience free agency.
“Like all things, this is a business,” he said. “I have to look after my wife and kids. That’s the most important thing to me. Happy that we came to an agreement, though, very happy to be back here and happy to be playing with the 49ers again.”
The 49ers received a roster exemption for Boone but will have to make a move before adding him to the 53-man roster.
“I knew eventually we would come together and get something done,” Boone said. “I think at first it was just kind of stalemated because you had two hard stances going against each other.
“Both sides knew that we needed to come together on something and, like I said, it was a win-win for everybody.”