SANTA CLARA -- Right guard Alex Boone says he's capable of playing "very" effectively if coaches have him start Sunday's season opener against the host Dallas Cowboys.
Boone called his return to the 49ers a "win-win" Tuesday after ending a contract holdout that ran from April through the exhibition season.
"I knew eventually we would come together and get something done," Boone said. "At first, it was just kind of stalemated because you have two hard stances going against each other."
The 49ers reworked the final two years of Boone's contract. He'll make at least $6 million over the next two years instead of $3.2 million.
Colin Kaepernick helped expedite the deal by approaching 49ers management after the third exhibition game, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.
Right tackle Anthony Davis was impressed by how Boone looked and said they'll "pick up where they left off," having started next to each other since 2012.
"We just had lunch together," Davis added. "I ate a salad. Boone ate a slab of grilled chicken like a Neanderthal."
Boone had kept in shape by working in Arizona with former NFL offensive lineman LeCharles Bentley, and some of those workouts came during the 49ers' exhibitions that Boone called "weird to watch."
Coach Jim Harbaugh, speaking on his KNBR 680-AM segment, said of his reunion with Boone: "After the awkwardness, we very quickly moved into, 'Hey, give me a hug. Welcome back, and let's start playing football.' "
Dan Skuta replaces the suspended Aldon Smith at first-string outside linebacker on the depth chart, though he'll likely platoon with Corey Lemonier.