Left tackle Joe Staley was still under contract to the 49ers for four more seasons from the long-term extension he signed in 2009.
Since then, Staley has been named to three Pro Bowls at one of the sport’s premium positions. And the 49ers took care of Staley on Thursday with a two-year extension he signed shortly after he took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open Levi’s Stadium.
“I’m a different player now, and the organization is a different organization now,” said Staley, a first-round draft pick in 2007.
“So 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. That was one of my goals that I set out as a rookie coming to the NFL.”
While Staley sought a new contract, he went about it in a different way than tight end Vernon Davis and right guard Alex Boone. Both Davis and Boone skipped the 49ers’ offseason program and did not attend the mandatory minicamp.
Meanwhile, Staley attended every offseason workout. The 49ers generally do not negotiate new contracts with players unless they report to work.
“Every single situation is different. And every single contract negotiation is different,” Staley said. “And so what’s right for me is not right for someone else. And what’s right for someone else is not the same way.”
Staley, who declined to talk specifically about his teammates' contracts, said he hopes to continue to play on the same offensive line with Boone for a long time.
“Speaking on those players you’re alluding to, they’re very, very talented players,” he said. “And speaking of Alex Boone, he’s someone that I have the upmost respect for, and really, really hope that we can play our entire careers together. He’s someone I have a ton of respect for. And want to see him here.
“It’s his situation, and whatever he wants to get done, I have the confidence the Niners and him will work it out.”