Alex Boone
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Alex Boone
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As training camps across the NFL continue, XN Sports will report the top headlines of each day.

With the preseason in full swing, there is no shortage of intrigue and optimism, key injuries, and potential holdouts, as well as late offseason signings.

Here are the top five headlines for Monday:

Boone on the block?

Alex Boone has yet to report to 49ers training camp in hopes of landing a new deal from the team. It appears there’s a chance he never will.

According to CSN Bay Area, multiple teams are showing interest in trading for Boone.

This situation is far from over. The Niners don’t give out deals to players that hold out, and Boone has shown no willingness to budge.

Smith wants guarantees

Alex Smith indicated to USA Today he is unwilling to take a “pay-as-you-go” type of contract like the one Andy Dalton recently signed with the Bengals.

Dalton’s contract includes no guaranteed money after the first year. Instead, Smith wants his deal to resemble that of Jay Cutler and Joe Flacco, which pays each quarterback up to $20 million per year.

No timetable for Gronk

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters there is still no timetable for his return to contract drills, but that he’s feeling stronger every day and has yet to suffer any setbacks.

Gronk’s original timetable was simply to be back by Week 1, and the fact that New England didn’t place him on the active/PUP list to begin camp is a strong indicator he’ll be a full-go by then.

Jets cornerbacks

Jets cornerbacks Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle each suffered injuries on Sunday. Milliner suffered a high ankle sprain, while McDougle tore his left ACL and is done for the 2014 season.

There is no timetable yet for Milliner’s injury, which could last anywhere from a few weeks to possibly joining McDougle on the sidelines for this year.

With cornerback now an area of concern, the team has reached out to free agent Asante Samuel, the New York Daily News reported. This may just be a precautionary move, depending on the severity of Milliner’s ankle injury.

Grossman to Miami?

The Dolphins have scheduled a workout with free agent quarterback Rex Grossman on Monday,

Matt Moore and Pat Devlin are both injured, leaving undrafted free agent Seth Lobato to be Ryan Tennehill’s primary backup in training camp. The 34-year-old Grossman may just be a stopgap until Moore and Devlin are back healthy.


Saying Alex Smith wants 20 million dollars a year is pure conjecture, as the reports are from sources who don't know. Neither side has incentive to leak true information. What Smith wants is guaranteed money. I bet he'd take less than the 18 (not 20) that was reported earlier for a higher guaranteed (more than the 1-2 years Kaepernick and Dalton got. He said in his comments that he isn't as financially incentivized, he wants security. Money helps with security, but guaranteed is most important. This 20 million figure is out of thin air and it being used as his motivation, in my opinion, is misinformed taking from what he said.


Wanted to add that in negotiations, you start with the high number. He'd be silly to start with 12-14, especially if the years on the deal is an issue. So maybe the 18 is where he is starting, but I expect the total average to go down. 18 is the average for a lot of these contracts, but the money that brings up the average is late, when the player is likely to be cut, extended again, or restructured. Wanted to clarify that I don't know the number, but I was saying those who cite 20 don't know either. The Chiefs could be trying to make Smith look greedy and leak a bigger number or reporters could just be guessing.