Joe Staley is a 6’5”, 315 pound diplomat.
When asked about the AWOL Alex Boone and Vernon Davis during a conference call for his recent contract extension, the offensive tackle wouldn’t bite.
“Every single situation is different and every single contract negotiation is different.”
“So, I’m not going to speak on someone else’s contract situation and what someone else is doing.”
Staley then described both Boone and Davis as “very, very talented players,” before immeditately speaking on Boone’s contract situation.
“He’s someone that I have the utmost respect for and really, really hope that we’ll play our whole entire careers together because he’s someone I have a ton of respect for,” Staley said of Boone.
“I want to see him here, but like I said before, it’s his situation. And whatever he wants to get done, I have the confidence that the Niners and him will work it out.”
While Staley singled out Boone, he didn’t even mention Davis’ name once during the phone call. Perhaps, he just forgot about the enigmatic tight end. Of course, it’s also possible to read between the lines.
Boone, who makes $2 million this year and $1.2 million in 2015, actually has a legitimate gripe. Davis not so much. The 30-year-old is set to make over $6 million in each of the next two seasons.
Staley said he didn’t want to talk contracts, but he did anyways. It might not have meant much, but the lineman seemed to be supporting Boone while tacitly disapproving of Davis.