This past Thursday Staley and the 49ers agreed to a two-year contract extension that could keep the three-time Pro Bowler in red and gold through the 2019 season. General Manager Trent Baalke said in a statement,"In today's NFL, it is rare for a player to play his entire career with one team…with this extension; Joe will likely be a 49er for life."
This will be the third contract the 29-year old out of Central Michigan has signed, all of which has been agreed upon while still under contract. Back in 2009 Staley signed a six-year $43 million extension, just two years into the league for the former 2007 first-round pick.
Coming into his eighth year of professional ball, Staley has started every game he's played in and hasn't missed a game since the 2010 season. After being named to his third straight Pro Bowl, it was agreed upon between Staley and the Niners front office that the starting left tackle has become an even better player than imagined when he signed his last extension. With that in mind, the Pro Bowler reportedly wanted a new deal done this offseason, but gave no indication of holding out if a deal was not done in an orderly fashion.
According to the Associate Press, Staley told reporters, "We both felt it was time to get something done, and what I'm most excited about is the opportunity to play my whole entire career as a San Francisco 49er."
The big 315 pound lineman was a key factor in helping the Niners accumulate 2,201 yards rushing (good for third in the league) and 18 rushing touchdowns (fourth best in the league). Staley was also named the 75th best player on NFL Networks "Top 100 Players of 2014," as voted by his peers.
Exact details of the extension have not been announced, but what quickly comes to mind is how this affects the hold outs of tight end Vernon Davis and guard Alex Boone. Both are anticipated to miss at least the start to training camp as veterans are scheduled to appear next week. Davis and Boone are still under contract for the next two seasons and have not attended the team's mini camp and voluntary workouts, while Staley has. Much like Staley, both Davis and Boone had expressed that they have grown as players and have outplayed their current deals.
Staley was present for the 49ers ribbon cutting for the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara before the Niners announced the extension. This could very well be an example of the Niners expressing their pleasure in Staley for still showing up to the workouts and trusting that the front office will eventually accommodate his request. This also brings back thoughts of coach Jim Harbaugh's displeasure in Davis and Boone not showing up to mandatory mini camps in June, stating it's "not the decisions I had envisioned being the 49er way," this according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Staley did not express much insight into the holdouts of his two teammates, stating at the news conference that "every situation is different" and that he "hopes [they] will work it out."
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