It pays to show up for offseason practices.
With the training camp less than a week away, the San Francisco 49ers announced that the team has inked Joe Staley to a two-year contract extension.
“What I’m most excited about is the opportunity to play my whole entire career as a San Francisco 49er,” said Staley. “I’m very excited for the opportunity to do that and really grateful for the 49ers allowing me that opportunity.”
The new deal came as a minor surprise for the offensive tackle, as he was already under contract through the 2017 season. Now, Staley will be with the team through 2019.
The 29-year-old isn’t the only member of the offensive line, who is in the market for a new contract. Guard Mike Iupati is playing in the final year of his deal. Plus, guard Alex Boone is embroiled in a contract dispute with the team and isn’t expected to show up for the start of training camp.
Staley took the diplomatic approach when asked about Boone and tight end Vernon Davis, who both skipped the team’s offseason practices.
“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.”
However, Staley did take a moment to discuss Boone’s status.
“He’s someone that I have the utmost respect for and really, really hope that we’ll play out whole entire careers together because he’s someone I have a ton of respect for.”
“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.”
With his contract situation settled, Staley has just one goal in mind.
“Now, really it’s just time to go work on that Super Bowl.”