Whereas younger stars with expiring contracts around the league are sitting out voluntary workout routines, Joe Staley used to be at the San Francisco 49ers’ facility this week.
The 34-year-passe left address is entering the closing season of a six-year deal signed in 2014. Whereas contract negotiations or conversations with the 49ers hold no longer begun, Staley is never any longer petrified about his future with the team.
“I’ve made it very clear to each person that I wish to play as prolonged as I can,” Staley said this week, per the Sacramento Bee. “I peaceable fancy the game, peaceable indubitably feel fancy I can play at a excessive diploma. Silent indubitably feel fancy I’m valued on the soccer team. I comprehend it be my closing year below contract, nonetheless I’m no longer petrified about that. I’m correct going to toddle obtainable and check up on and procedure the total thing I can to again us capture games with this team.”
Not like gamers fancy Jalen Ramsey and Frank Clark who are determining a ways flung from their respective groups consequently of reasons contractual and in every other case, Staley added that he prefers to employ voluntary workout routines alongside with his teammates.
“I correct fancy being around each person,” Staley added. “I don’t know — I’d worthy reasonably be right here than in other places. For me, too, I want the event. I’m pale to the event. … Not to remark that I can not diagram up my time a ways flung from right here when I’m no longer, because I procedure when I’m down in San Diego. I correct revel in being around the guys. It used to be by no blueprint a thought for me to be wherever else.”
Staley looks to reap $8.75 million in earnings and depend $11 million against San Francisco’s cap in 2019, making him the 16th best seemingly-paid left address this season. The six-time Pro Bowler has considered his annual salary eclipsed in latest years by younger free agents with much less pedigree fancy Nate Solder, Trent Brown and Donovan Smith (zero blended Pro Bowls).
If San Francisco is going to toddle on from the aging oldschool after this season — or vice versa — it hasn’t planned accordingly. The 49ers sooner or later drafted a worthy bookend in Mike McGlinchey closing season, nonetheless for the time being make employ of Shon Coleman, Christian DiLauro and Daniel Brunskill as backups.
Staley is a first charge oldschool presence, missing correct four regular-season games since 2011, nonetheless will the aging address cover a must must San Francisco’s success previous this, the closing year of his deal? That’s for John Lynch and Co. to attain to a option. That is, except Staley makes that option for them.