The 49ers have agreed to re-work long time offensive tackle Joe Staley’s contract per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. It appears that the former 1st round pick of the 2007 draft out of Central Michigan remains under contract with the team through the 2019 season, but he has been given a pay rise. Though specifics haven’t been released yet, he will earn an additional $3.22 million for the following two seasons.

This pay rise seems well deserved. Staley had a stellar 2017 season, receiving an overall grade from PFF of 87.4 which ranks him second out of all tackles. The six-time Pro Bowler has taken more team friendly deals in the past, making this deal even more deserved and a reflection on the 49ers’ healthy cap situation.

With the recent rumors of a potential retirement for the 33 year old Staley, it was the right move for the team to make sure that he is satisfied with his contract and to provide added insurance of Staley’s continued presence in the Bay. Now the 49ers can be highly confident that Staley will be protecting their recently minted franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for at least the next two seasons.

 

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