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San Francisco 49ers Reach Agreement on Extension with Joe Staley

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49ers Joe StaleyThe San Francisco 49ers have reached an agreement on an extension with Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley that will keep him with the team through 2019. Staley provides the protection for quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s blindside. Last month, the 49ers inked Kaepernick to a six-year extension worth up to $126 million.

The announcement was made in tandem with an extravagant ribbon-cutting ceremony to open Levi’s Stadium. Staley attended the event and didn not try his enthusiasm over his new deal.

“We both felt it was time to get something done, and what I’m most excited about is the opportunity to play my whole entire career as a San Francisco 49er,” Staley said later on a conference call with reporters. “That was one of my goals that I set out to do as a rookie coming into the NFL — make an NFL roster, become a starter, win a Super Bowl and play my whole entire career with one team.

“So very excited for the opportunity to do that and really grateful for the 49ers allowing me that opportunity. Now it’s really just time to go work on that Super Bowl.”

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Staley was selected by San Francisco with the 28th pick in the 2007 draft out of Central Michigan. He has earned Pro Bowl honors the past three seasons while guarding Kaepernick’s back and helping to anchor San Francisco’s power running game. Staley hasn’t missed a game since 2009. He turns 30 next month.

The team also placed WR Bruce Ellington, CB Keith Reaser, OG Brandon Thomas, C Marcus Martin and FB Trey Millard on the active/NFI list, and OLB Aaron Lynch and DL Kaleb Ramsey on the active/PUP list and placed RB Marcus Lattimore (knees) on the active/NFI list.

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