Editor's note: The above video is Matt Maiocco's "49ers Quick Hits" from July 29.
Guard Mike Iupati is entering his contract year with one thing on his mind, he said.
And it’s not the potential for free agency that could make him one of the top-paid offensive linemen in the NFL.
“I’m just playing football,” Iupati said after one of the 49ers’ joint practices with the Baltimore Ravens this week. “I just want to win that trophy. At the end, there’s just one goal, to win.
“We’re heading in the right direction. We got a lot of stuff to work on and move on from there.”
Iupati, a first-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2010, appears in line for a lucrative contract extension. He said he would like to remain with the 49ers beyond his rookie contract.
“Oh, yeah, no doubt, but I can’t control that,” Iupati said. “I can only control what I can control.”
There are no indications the 49ers and Iupati are close to a contract extension. The 49ers already have their two tackles locked into long-term deals. Joe Staley’s new extension increased his average-per-year salary to $7.44 million. Anthony Davis signed an extension in 2013 that pays him an average of $6.52 million through the 2019 season.
A source said it's unlikely the 49ers believe they can exceed the contracts of their tackles with any deal for a guard.
The 49ers have another contract issue with holdout Alex Boone, who is the NFL’s 43rd-highest-paid guard. Multiple teams are interesting in acquiring Boone in a trade, a source told CSNBayArea.com.
“We miss him, but it’s business,” Iupati said of Boone. “There are other guys who are doing a good job of filling in, but we definitely miss the big guy. I text him to say, ‘Hi.’”
Iupati, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, is all the way back from a broken lower leg he sustained in the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks. Although he has played at a level since entering the NFL, he believes he is capable of playing his best football this season.
“I can improve on a lot of things,” he said. “It’s working little stuff and technique, (such as) punching fast, quick step, pass blocking, run blocking, just all those things.”