Staley gets two-year extension through 2019

Joe Staley (Getty Images)

Are the 49ers sending a message to potential holdouts Vernon Davis and Alex Boone? A case could be made with Joe Staley's new two-year extension announced Thursday.

On the same day the San Francisco 49ers officially opened their new stadium with a ribbon cutting ceremony, they signed left tackle Joe Staley to a two-year contract extension through 2019.

Staley - who has been selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons without missing a start - originally signed a reported six-year, $43 million deal in 2009 by then-general manager Scot McCloughan. Details of the new extension announced Thursday are still coming in.

“In today’s NFL, it is rare for a player to play his entire career with one team,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “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.” 

According to Overthecap.com, Staley was just the 13th highest-paid left tackle in the NFL averaging $7.2 million a season. His deal was front loaded, giving him a minuscule $3.4 million cap hit in 2014 before elevating to $5.2, $6.1, and $6.95 million over the following three seasons.

For a left tackle of his caliber, Staley was massively underpaid.

Of course any contract extension signed this summer cannot go without mentioning the coming holdouts of Vernon Davis and Alex Boone, who likely won’t report to the start of training camp next week because of unhappiness with their contracts. Both players have two years remaining on their current deals. Staley had four seasons left on his before signing the new extension.

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