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49ers, Joe Staley agree on contract extension through 2021 NFL season

49ers, Joe Staley agree on contract extension through 2021 NFL season

SAN JOSE -- Left tackle Joe Staley, one of the most popular members of the 49ers organization through good times and bad, is not going anywhere just yet.

The 49ers and Staley have agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season designed to guarantee he will play his entire career with the 49ers. Staley was set to enter the final year of his contract.

CEO Jed York made the announcement at the team’s state-of-the-franchise event on Wednesday night, eliciting wild cheers from the full-house crowd at the California Theater.

Staley, 34, is a six-time Pro Bowl performer and has appeared in 174 regular-season games in 12 NFL seasons.

The 49ers traded with the New England Patriots to move up to select Staley with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2007 draft. Staley began his college career at Central Michigan as a tight end.

In 2014, the 49ers signed Staley to a six-year contract worth nearly $45 million. Last offseason, the 49ers agreed to a revised final two years of his contract. Staley, who was playing far under market value for a player at a premium position, saw his pay increased from $11 million to $17.5 million in the final two years of the deal.

Earlier in the day, York alluded to the possibility of providing the 49ers’ fan base with some breaking news, and he delivered.

The day after the 49ers concluded last season, Staley joked about testing free agency after the 2019 season.

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“I have one more year on my contract. That’ll be the first time I hit free agency, so that’s exciting,” Staley laughed. “Yeah, I might go somewhere else. You never know.”

But this contract agreement brings an end to such crazy talk. And everybody in attendance on Wednesday night was just fine with that.

Why 49ers CEO Jed York isn't concerned about injured players on roster

Why 49ers CEO Jed York isn't concerned about injured players on roster

PHOENIX — The 49ers have been known for signing players that were recovering from major injuries, but team brass believes that their 2019 group is different. 

In the not-so-distant past, the 49ers had the dubious nickname “Team ACL.” Running back Marcus Lattimore, defensive end Tank Carradine, offensive lineman Brandon Thomas and defensive back Keith Reaser were all acquired with the hope that they would return to their pre-ACL injury abilities. 

Fast forward to 2019 and the team has brought a few more players to Santa Clara after suffering significant injuries. Granted these players were acquired through free agency as opposed to the draft, but their abilities after surgery are still to be determined.

Linebacker Kwon Alexander inked a four-year, $54 million contract with the team even though he is recovering from ACL surgery. 49ers CEO Jed York explained why he is confident in the 24 year-old’s return, even if it’s not immediately. 

“There’s no reason why he can’t recover for an ACL,” York said. “He’s done it before, I think it was in high school when he had an ACL and he’s recovered. Kwon is the type of kid that he’ll be ready to go but we made a long term investment in Kwon. 

“We’re not going to force him if he’s not ready to play Week 1, that was a big conversation that we had. This is a guy that we want to be here for a long period of time. We’re not going to force him to be ready. Every indication is that he will be ready.” 

General manager John Lynch explained that Alexander can report to the facility as early as April 2 to start working with the 49ers training and medical staff. 

“As an injured player you can be part of the offseason and we can get our hands on him. We know he was in good hands with the Bucs but all of the sudden, once we acquire him, he can no longer continue doing his rehab with (them)” 

Lynch also emphasized that the plan for Alexander is long term. 

“When you do a deal like that, you want the return right away but we had discussions,” Lynch said. “When you’re making an investment like this, we’ve got to make sure he’s right. So we will hold true to that. 

“From all accounts of our conversations with the people from the Buccaneers, he’s on track. We’re going to do what’s right by him. This is a long term relationship with us. With any player we are going to make sure they are right when they are out there.” 

Cornerback Jason Verrett is a little further along in his recovery than Alexander. He suffered an Achilles injury at the beginning of training camp last summer. He will remain in Southern California where he has been training during the offseason until he reports for OTAs. 

“That’s part of the deal in free agency,” York said. “There’s very few perfect guys in free agency and the perfect deal. 

“It’s not a buyer’s market, so you have to take some risk and I think we got unbelievably character driven people and great football players and it might take all of them a little bit of time to get ready to get out there and play but we aren’t playing for August or September.”  

The 49ers potentially took risks with edge rusher Dee Ford who had back surgery after the 2017 season and receiver Jordan Matthews who has dealt with knee issues in the past. They also have yet to see what defensive lineman Kentavius Street is capable of.  He tore his ACL in a pre-draft work out prior to the 49ers selecting him in the fourth round.

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York reiterated that no one will be rushed back to play as the goal is for long term productivity. 

“We’re playing for later in the season and making sure that we have the team that gets us to January."

Jimmy Garoppolo should be cleared for training camp, Kyle Shanahan says


Jimmy Garoppolo should be cleared for training camp, Kyle Shanahan says

PHOENIX -- Jimmy Garoppolo is on schedule with his ACL rehabilitation and should be cleared for full participation at the start of training camp, according to 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.

The 49ers QB has been on the practice field working out with the training staff and looks to be ready for the offseason program. Shanahan is able to watch his quarterback’s throwing sessions from his office window in Santa Clara.

“It’s very controlled movements and stuff,” Shanahan said Tuesday at the NFL owners meeting. “When he does all that it does look very good, which means he’s getting closer. And that’s why hopefully it will be full-go for training camp and I think we will get a lot of work with him in OTAs also.”

Garoppolo is expected to be limited to participation in 7-on-7 drills during OTAs to reduce the risk of injury. He is on schedule to be on the field for 11-on-11s during training camp, which opens in late-July.

49ers CEO Jed York is understandably excited after watching Garoppolo on the practice field. He also indicated that his quarterback had added a little weight to his frame since he had seen him last.

Shanahan said a little bulking up is a natural phenomenon during the offseason, especially for players who have injuries that prevent them from running.

“I’ve always been good with Jimmy’s size,” Shanahan said. “I think he’s always been thicker than people realize. To me, it’s all about just how can you take a hit. It’s not like lifting weights and doing that stuff makes you throw farther, it actually can be the opposite.

“Quarterbacks, you want them to be a size where they can take the hits, and after that you want them to be as athletic as possible.”

Shanahan’s expectations for Garoppolo are realistic, but he admits that it’s difficult to not get a little excited after watching him throw with the training staff.

“It’s a tease for us because we look out our windows and he’s doing drops and throwing great to the equipment managers and trainers,” Shanahan said. “So I’m sure Jed’s up there thinking he can play, and I do too at times, but no one is running at him trying to tackle him and stuff.”

Players are not allowed to engage in football activity with each other at the team facility before the start of the offseason program on April 15. However, Garoppolo is allowed to rehab and work out with the team's newly-revamped player health and performance staff.

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While Shanahan is ready to start working with Garoppolo, he knows that patience is key. He said it will be a process for Garoppolo to shake off the rust and get into a rhythm after sitting out nearly the entire season. Having Garoppolo get all the reps possible during OTAs and training camp will be extremely valuable to the 49ers' success heading into 2019.

So Shanahan -- and 49ers fans alike -- remain patient but optimistic.