Six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley reportedly is receiving a raise of nearly $6.5 million over the final two years of his contract.
Staley and the 49ers agreed to terms on a reworked contrac as the team reconvened for the beginning of the official offseason program. A league source told NBC Sports Bay Area that no years were added to Staley's contract, which was set to expire following the 2019 season.
He was scheduled to make $11 million in salary and bonuses over the next two seasons ($5.5 million both years). He will now make a total of $17.4 million, including a raise to $8.72 million in 2018, the NFL Network reported.
Staley, 33, is set to enter his 12th NFL season after the 49ers selected him in the first round of the 2007 draft.
Earlier this offseason, coach Kyle Shanahan spoke about the importance of using some of the club’s salary-cap surplus to reward a player who has out-performed his contract. The 49ers had $46.596 million in cap space before the new contract, according to the NFL Players Association.
“We want to help out Joe and do the right thing for him,” Shanahan said.
“You also have to do what’s right for the organization. You want to do what’s right for all of your players, especially the ones who do things the right way. And Joe is the perfect example of that.”
At the end of the season, Staley told NBC Sports Bay Area there was a point when the 49ers were mired in a nine-game losing streak to open the season that he considered whether he might return in 2018.
But he said he had an uplifting talk with Shanahan that got him re-focused and re-energized to continue his career at a high level. He told his wife, “Hey, I’m going to be a football player for a little bit longer.”