The San Francisco 49ers announced they have signed left tackle
“In today’s NFL, it is rare for a player to play his entire career with one team,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “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.”
In 2013, Staley was a major part of the 49ers ground attack that ranked third in rushing yards (2,201) and fourth in touchdowns (18). Staley and his fellow linemen helped the offense amass the second-most total net yards (494) on opening day in the history of the franchise versus the Green Bay Packers.
A 29-year-old native of Rockford, MI, Staley played at Central Michigan University, where he earned consecutive First-Team All-MAC honors in both his junior and senior seasons. He played in 46 games (39 starts) for the Chippewas and helped the team produce a 1,000-yard rusher in three of his four seasons (2003-05).