The San Francisco 49ers agreed to a two-year extension with Pro Bowl offensive lineman Joe Staley on a contract that runs through the 2019 season.
Staley was unhappy with his contract and threatened to hold out of training camp until he received a new deal, so now the 29-year-old left tackle can put this soap opera behind him and he can continue blocking the blindside for quarterback, Colin Kaepernick for through at least the 2019 season.
“In today’s NFL, it is rare for a player to play his entire career with one team,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “With this extension, Joe will likely be a 49er for life. He is a three-time All-Pro and core member of our football team. His commitment and professionalism have been great assets to our team and our community. This extension reflects our philosophy of investing in our core players.”
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) July 17, 2014
Staley has played his entire career with the 49ers after the spent the 28th overall pick in the 2007 draft on the former Central Michigan standout who has made the Pro Bowl in the last three seasons, all of which saw the 49ers advance to the NFC Championship game.
With Staley locked up, the 49ers can turn their focus toward a new deal for disgruntled tight end Vernon Davis who may hold out of camp until he gets a new deal and work toward extensions Michael Crabtree, Mike Iupati and possibly Aldon Smith.