SANTA CLARA – Left tackle Joe Staley is getting a pay raise to protect the blindside of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who earlier this year scored the NFL’s richest contract ever.
Staley, who’s spent all 11 of his seasons on the 49ers, stands to make $18.7 million over the next two seasons combined rather than $11 million, NFL Media first reported Tuesday morning.
San Francisco 49ers’ Joe Staley (74) congratulates San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan during the final minute of the fourth quarter of their NFL game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. San Francisco defeated Jacksonville 44-33. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
Neither the 49ers nor Staley’s agent immediately confirmed the report.
Staley will make $8.72 million this season as the 49ers’ longest-tenured player, and presumably a similar figure next season, according to the NFL Media report. Staley was slated to make $4.8 million in base salary each of the next two years as part of a two-year extension he signed in 2014.
Staley turns 34 on Aug. 30, when the 49ers host the Los Angeles Chargers in an exhibition finale.
Staley won’t be the highest-paid lineman on the 49ers. That distinction goes to center Weston Richburg, a four-year veteran who arrived March 13 in free agency (five years, $47.5 million; $9.3 million signing bonus).
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports