Guard Alex Boone, who missed the 49ers’ entire offseason while seeking a new contract, will report to the team Monday with a restructured two-year deal, a league source confirmed. News of the agreement first was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The 49ers perhaps signaled that a deal was near Saturday when only six healthy offensive linemen made their 53-man squad. One of those linemen, undrafted rookie Dillon Farrell, could be released to make room for Boone, who currently does not count against the 53-man roster. Farrell presumably would be a candidate for the practice squad.
Or the team could wait until Tuesday to officially bring back Boone. That’s the day they can move injured nose tackle Glenn Dorsey from the active roster to injured reserve with a designation to return.
According to Pro Football Talk, Boone's salary increases from $3.7 million over two years to $6 million over two years by converting incentives to base salary. He'll be a free agent in 2016. All the fines from his holdout will be waived and, under the agreement, the 49ers can’t use the franchise tag on him in 2016.
It’s unknown whether he or fill-in Joe Looney will start at right guard next week in Dallas. Boone, however, is expected to take over his former starting role at some point. That would make Looney the top backup at guard and Jonathan Martin the top backup at tackle. The team is expecting rookie Marcus Martin to return from a knee injury in five or six weeks.