Are the New York Giants among the "multiple teams that are interested" in trading for Alex Boone, the holdout starting guard for the Francisco 49ers? Through two preseason games the Giants' revamped offensive line remains a work in progress. Exploring a deal for Boone, a starter at right guard the past two seasons for the 49ers, might be considered a logical move for the Giants.
Right guard, of course, is the position formerly manned by the now retired four-time Pro Bowler Chris Snee. Largely untested third-year man Brandon Mosley is the current starter and has performed decently in two preseason games, compiling a -1.0 Pro Football Focus grade in 55 snaps. Mosley, however, may not yet have done enough to convince the Giants that he is the answer at right guard.
"The idea of a set lineup is really not there," head coach Tom Coughlin said Saturday night about his offensive line.
Part of Coughlin's comment certainly has to do with the fact that starting left tackle Will Beatty has not yet played in a preseason game, which he is expected to do Saturday when the Giants face the Indianapolis Colts. The other part, though, might be the right guard spot.
Options behind Mosley are former Miami Dolphins starting right guard John Jerry, who has yet to make an impact (-2.7 PFF grade in 41 snaps) and rookie Weston Richburg, the Giants' second-round pick.
The 6-foot-7, 330-pound Boone joined the 49ers in 2010 as an undrafted free agent. He spent his first two seasons as a swing tackle for San Francisco. The 49ers moved him to guard in 2012, and he has started every game the past two seasons.
Boone has held out thus far in training camp as he seeks to renegotiate the four-year, $6.54 million contract he signed before the 2012 season, when he was still thought of as a reserve by San Francisco. The Giants currently have $6.97 million in salary cap space, according to Spotrac.
Boone was tremendous in his first season as a starter for the 49ers, compiling a +30.1 PFF grade (+25.4 in run-blocking). He was less effective in 2013, grading at -1.2 including playoff games.
Here is David Fucillo, editor of SB Nation's 49ers web site, Niners Nation, on Boone:
"He definitely was not quite as good last year, but I think injuries on the line, particularly with RT Anthony Davis dealing with a shoulder injury all year, potentially impacted him at right guard. He's not an all-world guard, but I'd say he's better than he was last year."
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