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49ers guard Alex Boone ends holdout with better deal

The right guard got his raise.

Alex Boone, an integral part of one of the NFL's most respected offensive lines, will end his protracted contract holdout Monday when he reports to the 49ers with a reworked contract, a league source confirmed.

Boone, 27, who has started all 32 games since the beginning of the 2012 season, skipped the entire offseason program because of dissatisfaction with his deal. He was scheduled to earn a combined $3.2 million base salary over the next two seasons, including $1.2 million in 2015.

Boone's total pay will jump from $3.7 million to $6 million over the next two seasons, ProFootballTalk.com reported. In addition, the 49ers can't place the franchise tag on him when his contract expires and the fines connected to his holdout were waived.

The 49ers' offensive line was dotted with question marks after they set their initial 53-man roster Saturday. They had just seven healthy offensive linemen, one of whom was undrafted rookie guard Dillon Farrell. He could be released to make room for Boone, who has been on the reserve/did not report list since the start of training camp.

Joe Looney, a 2012 fourth-round pick with no career starts, has assumed Boone's starting spot since his holdout began in the spring. Boone will rejoin the team less than a week before the regular-season opener at Dallas on Sunday, which could mean Looney sees some playing time in Week 1.

Boone returns to a front five that features a new starter in center Daniel Kilgore, who will make his first career start against the Cowboys. Right tackle Anthony Davis didn't play in the preseason after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Davis has said he'll be ready to play in Week 1. On Saturday, Harbaugh said only, "We'll see," when asked if Davis would play in the season opener. Jonathan Martin has taken first-team snaps in Davis' absence.



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