49ers give Joe Staley more money

San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley (74) against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

On Tuesday, the 49ers rewarded their longest-tenured player — left tackle Joe Staley.

Staley’s contract will take up 5.21 percent of the 49ers salary cap for 2018 — the second-highest cap percentage on the team after Jimmy Garoppolo. Here are the 49ers top 10:

1. Jimmy Garoppolo: 17.68 percent of the 49ers salary cap for 2018.
2. Joe Staley: 5.21%.
3. Jerick McKinnon: 5.02%.
4. Weston Richburg: 4.42%.
5. Pierre Garcon: 4.42%.
6. Jimmie Ward: 4.07%.
7. Solomon Thomas: 3.06%.
8. Marquise Goodwin: 3%.
9. Richard Sherman: 2.95%.
10. DeForest Buckner: 2.37%.

Staley deserves to rank No. 2 on this list. But, it’s interesting he got a new deal before right tackle, Trent Brown. Staley he turns 34 in August — he doesn’t have much a future with the team. Brown just turned 25,  and has only season remaining on his contract. The Niners aren’t in any rush to re-sign him.

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  1. I think Trent Brown needs to prove he is worthy of big money and a long term deal. I don’t think the 49ers were too impressed with him shutting it down early last year.
    I’m expecting Brown to have a big year with it being his last year. It will be also be interesting to see what the 49ers do in the draft. Do they draft his replacement or Staley’s?

    1. Prime Time

      I think that this was Grant’s way of treating Trent Brown with a ‘Snarkey’ uncalled for ‘dig’….Short memories don’t relate to who played ROT for the 3-4 years before Brown arrived…’Glad to see ‘Joe’ get his due…

  2. Grant, hasn’t it been said that Kyle was disappointed in Trent? That could be a reason they aren’t in any hurry to pony up the dollas! If they don’t think he’s earned it, let him play out the year and see what he can do in this scheme. Or trade him at the draft. I mean according to PFF he’s high quality, but according to Kyle, he still has tons to work on to fit this scheme

  3. I think this move is less about Brown, and more about locker room perception after the Richburg signing. They’re sending a message that bringing in free agents doesn’t mean they won’t take care of guys already on the roster who earn a raise.

    1. Exactly my thought. However, I believe that I read somewhere that the Niners had been talking about the raise to Staley before FA began.

      1. Mood,
        I believe you are right. But when looking at 49ers 1st rd picks over the last ten years Staley has been our best 1st rd round after Patrick Willis.
        Check out this little snippet from SBNinerNation:
        Round One
        Year POS Player Pro Bowl All-Pro Other
        2013 FS Eric Reid 1 0
        2012 WR A.J. Jenkins 0 0 Traded
        2011 LB Aldon Smith 1 1 Franchise season sack record
        2010 OT Anthony Davis 0 0
        2010 OG Mike Iupati 2 1
        2009 WR Michael Crabtree 0 0
        2008 DE Kentwan Balmer 0 0 So anyways
        2007 LB Patrick Willis 7 6
        2007 OT Joe Staley 3 3
        2006 TE Vernon Davis 2 1
        2006 LB Manny Lawson 0 0 Left via free agency
        2005 QB Alex Smith 0 0 Traded
        2004 WR Rashaun Woods 0 0 Oh wow

        Yup, I’d say Staley is worth every last penny!
        Sorry, the numbers didn’t match the original list. The first number represents Pro-Bowls and the second number is for All-Pro.

    2. JAG,
      You bring up a very good point about taking care of guys already on the roster who earn a raise.
      In Staley’ case, not only is he the longest tenured 49er on the roster but also remains our best O-lineman throughout his career.

      I would venture to say, that if we have 1-3 pro-bowl player in 2018 – Staley would likely be one of them.
      At the moment, I would rate him as the second best player on offense after Jimmy G.

  4. These 3 contracts are unbelievably irresponsible. 3 and 6 make no sense at all.

    3. Jerick McKinnon: 5.02%.
    5. Pierre Garcon: 4.42%.
    6. Jimmie Ward: 4.07%.

  5. “unbelievably irresponsible”. Lol. Let me guess, you wanted to make Allen Robinson the highest payed player on the team? Nevermind, I get it, you wanted Norwell to take up 15 percent of our cap, just to justify spending money. “Newsflash Hotshot”. Teams waste money on Free agents every year who aren’t special or scheme fits, and it sets their payroll back 3-5 years. These men did their homework and brought in scheme fit guys, who they believe will be special in this scheme. Regardless of the pay. But hey, let’s justify irresponsible and go trade for OBJ, by giving up 2 first rounders and 20 mil a year. Maybe, just maybe you will be happy.

    1. Yes, I think Mckinnon and 3.3 ypc is being grossly overpaid – “scheme fit” notwithstanding. Ward has proven himself to be non NFL caliber. And no I did not want to trade for Odell, but I do believe we need a true #1 WR.

      1. McKinnon is getting most of his money up front because of the large amount of salary cap available. He’s making far less in 2019. His cap hit is $10.5 million in 2018 but only $4.5 million in 2019 and $7.3 million in 2020. Not as bad as it looks if you only look at 2018. Still, it’s a lot of money for a guy with his experience. With that contract, a lot will be expected.

      2. Scheme fit is withstanding. His big money is year 1 with a hell of a dropoff. Ward is an extra body who happens to be good at his job when healthy.. his cap hit just goes towards the money the team has to spend to get in the realm of what they have to spend each year. And we still have plenty of cap space.

      3. With the new helmet rule, guys like McKinnon will be very valuable going forward. The NFL is changing from a smash mouth to stretch runs and dump offs to RBs. He’s getting paid a lot of money but I think Niners front office foresaw the market and took the bullet now that they have so much cap space.

    1. He deserves it. As for Brown, I’m not sure this regime is too enamored, but time will tell. At least he didn’t look like he put on weight in the most recent picture I saw of him….

      1. Hopefully they address the tackle position early in the draft (3rd round). Going to need one maybe two in 2019.

    2. Brown doesn’t seem like a great fit for this type of blocking scheme but they will likely give him every chance to prove he does and look at it after the season. They didn’t really get a chance to assess him enough in 2017 so this will be a big year for him.

      1. rocket,
        Shanny’ scheme will need good guards that can quickly move to blocking lanes where a RB can cut back.
        I don’t believe we have that type of guard at the moment. Hopefully we find him in the draft.

  6. If you were the 49ers, why would you want to hand out a huge contract to a player that shows up every offseason 30lbs over weight and out of shape? What kind of message would that send to the rest of the team?

    Brown has all the potential in the world. But if I were Lynch, I’d be worried about his work ethic getting worse after getting paid, not better.

    They are smart by taking a wait and see approach with Brown. Staley earned this money already, Brown has to still prove himself.

  7. Many say Trent Brown is better suited to a gap/power scheme. Wonder if Lynch might shop him for a draft pick or to move an existing pick higher. Or maybe shop Trent after he’s secured a right tackle prospect in the draft.

    The most likely explanation is they want to see if Trent is properly motivated to develop his potential before offering an extension. But trade speculation is way more fun. I’m hoping Trent has a great year+ extension.

    1. All I want to know when he reports is how much does he weigh. That’s gonna tell the tale of the tape with regard to his future. He’ll need to come in at the lightest he’s ever been(338 lbs. would be ideal), and then master the art of blocking on the run….

  8. Based on the known pre draft visits, these are my thoughts (*spoiler alert* these are not surprising revelations):

    – The 49ers will be drafting a Leo at some point in the first two days of the draft. This is the position they have brought the most players in, and they are all top talent guys for the position.
    – ILB and interior OL are also very likely in the first two days.
    – CB and WR will likely be added in the mid rounds.
    – An in the box SS and OT will likely be added at some point.
    – Interestingly, only one FS prospect is known to have been brought in (Fitzpatrick). It seems the team is pretty content with Ward, Colbert and Tartt all able to play that position.

    Yep, all shocking news I know.

    1. Not shocking at all Scooter, but sound reasoning and I see it relatively the same. The only area I may differ on is when they take a CB, as I think there is a good chance that happens on day two, but I can also see it your way. For me the goal is to get an upgrade at edge and OG early on if the talent matches the draft position, and then just continuing to add to the overall talent of the team with a BPA approach.

    2. Agreed, although I’m guessing they take either a pass-rushing SAM or outside CB before ILB. I think they walk away from the draft with upgrades at both LEO and SAM/OTTO. There are a number of good ILBs this year that can probably be had in the mid rounds, though you could say the same for developmental CB prospects. I wouldn’t be surprised if instead of a pure G/C, they took an OT prospect like Tyrell Crosby who could start on the interior and move out to tackle in a year or two.

      Who do you both like at those positions in the first few rounds? I would be extremely happy with some combination of Landry, Sweat, Lorenzo Carter, Nwosu, Okoronkwo, Corbett, Crosby, Ragnow, Price. Might even be able to get three of those guys if the draft falls the right way. I like Oliver and Carlton Davis a lot as well, but doubt they’ll be 49ers selections without a big trade-down or trade-up.

      1. Yeah, based on who they are bringing in though it would seem they are likely to add an ILB fairly early. And aside from the top 2 CBs in the draft, the CBs they are meeting with would appear to be more 3rd/ 4th round guys.

        I like your list of players – the only one I am not that keen on is Carter. Great athlete, but hasn’t played up to it. I agree Corbett or Crosby would make a lot of sense in the 2nd. Ragnow or Price too if they are available there.

        My current expectation is they will go Edge in round 1, OL in round 2, ILB and CB round 3. WR round 4.

      2. Jag,

        I like the players you listed for the most part. I’m not overly enamored with the pass rushers beyond Chubb and Landry, but Sweat, Nwosu and Holland are guys I’d be looking at on day two into day 3 if they didn’t take one in the first round. I like Carter as a SAM, whereas the others would be candidates for the LEO.

        OL wise I like Connor Williams in round two as a possible future RT who could play inside for a year or maybe beyond if he does well there. Price is a guy I’d think about if he falls to 59 along with Corbett and Crosby.

        There are some pretty good LB’s in this draft that could be there on day 3 like Darious Leonard, Micah Kiser, Jason Cabinda, Mike McCray, Tegray Scales and Genard Avery to name a few. That’s why I don’t think they will necessarily look to take one in the first two rounds or even round 3, but who knows really? If the BPA is a LB then take him.

        They may wind up waiting until day 3 for a CB unless one of the two you mentioned falls to them in round two, but there are some good prospects likely to be there if they do wait. Kevin Toliver, Quenton Meeks, Tarvarus McFadden and Rashaan Gaulden are a few options that fit the size prototype and could be there into the 5th in some cases.

        I’m hoping they go with a pass rusher early because that’s where I see the biggest drop off after the first round, but really there are going to be so many good candidates that it will be hard to argue with who they wind up taking.

  9. PFW’s Eric Edholm obviously has been reading my posts:

    Taking Landry means the 49ers would use a first-round pick on a defensive lineman in four straight drafts. But that shouldn’t matter. The coming season could be Arik Armstead’s last with the team after proving to be an awkward fit as a 4-3 defensive end. None of those recent draftees have a skill set close to resembling Landry’s.

    Landry is a pure speed rusher off the edge. He would be the right complement to DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas, who provide pressure along the interior (and will likely stick around much longer than Armstead).

    The 49ers struggled to sack the quarterback because the interior pressure generally wasn’t enough. They didn’t have the consistent edge presence to force quarterbacks to step into Buckner and Thomas as they collapsed the pocket. Buckner had just 3.0 sacks last season despite finishing fifth among all defensive tackles with 52 pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.

  10. Bradley Chubb = Jadeveon Clowney.
    Marcus Davenport = Ziggy Ansah.
    Harold Landry = Bruce Irvin.
    Dorance Armstrong Jr. = Chandler Jones.

  11. Would love to see a Fred Dean type of pass rusher, you know the guy, 5 sacks against the Rams in one game, 4 in the 4th quarter alone, I believe 1981.

    1. No Fred Dean, but how about a Kevin Greene type player like Harold Landry?

      “I really don’t know why I got tagged as being a one-trick pony or one-dimensional dude or soft against the run. That’s the biggest insult for me… that people think I’m soft against the run, which is unbelievable.” — Kevin Greene

      Greene hated the misconception that he was a “one-trick pony” — probably because it wasn’t true. The great Dick LeBeau called him “a great player against the run” and “almost unblockable.” Greene had some blunt comments about his supposed one-dimensionality earlier this year:

      “I think people just get so enamored with those 160 sacks their next thought is: Well, he surely can’t be good at anything else because he has a boatload of sacks. But in all reality I played strong-side outside linebacker… And I played that position for a reason. And it wasn’t because I was whiffing blocks and whiffing tackles and just getting blown off the ball 5 yards. … They wanted me to go hard and take on two blockers so the ball came outside in space to scrape an inside linebacker like a Levon Kirkland to make a free hit or something.”

      Sound familiar? Calling Grant Cohn, Grant Cohn line 1 please….

      1. Weaknesses
        1. Burst-oriented rusher in need of a more diverse rush approach
        2. Still learning to string moves together
        3. Primary rush counter is a basic, inside move
        4. Hasn’t learned to tie edge burst with hand work to help soften the edge
        5. Long tackles can be a deterrent
        6. Upper body strength is below average
        7. Hasn’t shown consistent ability to convert his edge speed into power
        8. Rides on blocks for too long
        9. Lacking consistent grit at point of attack
        10. Would rather chase and tackle than have running play come downhill at him.

        Doesn’t sound like Kevin Greene to me. Sounds like Bruce Irvin.


        1. Matt Maiocco:

          The more time the 49ers spent on Landry, the more they were sure to like him. He had his breakout season as a junior, recording 16.5 sacks. But his return for his senior season did not turn out as planned.

          Teams were left scratching their heads about how his production fell off so dramatically. But a lot of his decline can be traced to an ankle injury that limited his effectiveness. Landry recorded five sacks in eight games.

          His stock rose with an exceptional workout at the combine. His size (6-3, 252) is not a huge concern for the 49ers, who would play him at their pass-rush end position. He has all the other attributes of an elite edge rusher with his eye-popping 20- and 60-yard shuttles and three-cone drill.

        2. Remember when Greene jumped ship to the Panthers? He bragged all week about how he was going to kill the 49ers quarterback. Seifert ran the ball down his throat the first two drives, giving the league a blueprint on how to counter Greene’s speed.

    2. UC,
      A Fred Dean type player would be nice.
      He still had a lot left in his legs when he came to us after playing with the Chargers.

      Speaking of teeing off on Rams QB’s, how about the game in which Tommy Hart and Cedric Hardeman had six sacks each against the Rams?
      Hopefully we feast on Goff in 2018 and beyond.

  12. Most of these weaknesses are things he will be taught by NFL Coaches and some are flat out wrong like his upper body strength being below average (it’s not and the bench press numbers clearly bear that out). There is also a comment on the page about him not having premium size which is kind of strange considering he’s the same size as most of the top pass rushers in the league right now. The strengths listed above this list dwarf it because he has so much natural ability. If you believe he is incapable of learning anything and is as good as he’ll ever get then don’t take him, but that flies in the face of common sense because we know a player with this much natural ability will only get better with knowledge of what he’s doing and practice under the guidance of Coaches who know how to make him better.

    1. Exactly. I particularly love the comments that he is undersized. He really isn’t. Not for today’s edge rusher. Landry is exactly the size teams running the same system look for at the position.

    2. The most of important “known unknown”, as is the case for most draft picks, is the stuff between the ears — grit, football intelligence and heart.

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