The 49ers have been blessed with great players. One great retires and another got his contract extended. Bittersweet times.
Last night the 49ers extended Joe Staley’s contract another two years leaving him in a 49ers uniform until the year 2021 where he will be 37 years old and likely retire. Staley has been the anchor for the 49ers offensive line for the past 12 years since he was drafted in 2007. It’s likely former first-round pick will take over that mantle, but the kid is going to have to wait as the old man still has something left in the tank.
The extension was announced at the 49ers annual State of the Franchise in San Jose. Staley addressing the crowd and 49ers owner Jed York said, “Jed, since the moment you guys drafted me in 2007, it’s been my absolute honor to play for this franchise. And I want nothing more than to complete my entire career here.”
Staley entering the final year of his contract knew he still wanted to play for a couple more years. The biggest question was will San Francisco let him play a couple more years for them. We all got that answer and fans of the Red and Gold couldn’t be happier.
Staley has been the one bright spot during some dark times of the franchise, it’s nice to see the team reward one of their own and secure his services for the remainder of his career. The Championship eluded his grasps in 2012 hopefully before his days are over he will get the opportunity to hoist up the Lombardi before he rides off into the sunset.
Also, this week former 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman announced his retirement and he’s going to retire a 49er. Bowman spent almost his entire career with the 49ers. He was cut in 2017 and Bowman signed with the Oakland Raiders for the remainder of the season. The only part was the fact he was cut for Reuben Foster *sigh* But water under the bridge, Bowman came back home and will retire with a 49er jersey.
For as long as I live, I’ll never forget Bowman’s pick at the stick in the 49ers final game at Candlestick Park
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