The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to poach San Francisco 49ers holdout Alex Boone.
Tampa Bay has strong interest in Boone but has had no "real conversation" with the 49ers, a source with the Buccaneers told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. The 27-year-old Boone is a key member of the 49ers offensive line, starting every game for San Francisco in 2012 and 2013.
Boone is part of a front five charged with protecting quarterback Colin Kaepernick that includes tackles Joe Staley and Anthony Davis, center Daniel Kilgore and guard Mike Iupati.
The five-year veteran is holding out with the 49ers and the two sides are reportedly "not close to a contract extension." While multiple teams have been linked to the Ohio State product, Tampa Bay is the most recent team to be specifically mentioned as having an interest in Boone.
- Will Green