Joe Staley announces his retirement

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When news broke of the trade sending Trent Williams to the 49ers, it seemed like a precursor to word that longtime 49ers left tackle Joe Staley would be retiring from the NFL.

49ers General Manager John Lynch said recently that he thought Staley would keep playing, but a report to the contrary surfaced on Saturday afternoon and Staley made it official a short time later.

Staley announced his retirement in a social media post during the fifth round of the draft. Staley thanked the 49ers, his teammates and the team’s fans while adding that his “body is telling me it’s time” to call it a career.

Staley was a 2007 first-round pick and was named a second-team All-Pro three times during his 13 years with the Niners. He was also named to six Pro Bowl teams and was included on the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2010s.

26 responses to “Joe Staley announces his retirement

  1. If Garoppolo slips on a banana peel tonight and breaks his arm, Lynch would just call Aaron Rodgers and have him demand a trade.

  2. Joe Staley will go down as one of the great 49ers. He was a consummate pro and a leader on and off the field. It is unfortunate that he was not able to get a ring during his career as he certainly deserved one. Niner Nation will miss him but always be appreciative of what he gave to the club. All the best, Joe, enjoy your well deserved retirement.

  3. What makes the NFL think that we don’t care about the picks in the later rounds they talked over them they have interviews now singers it’s BS!

  4. They must have known that they could get Trent Williams because they traded down one spot with Tampa Bay in the first round when they could have taken a tackle that Tampa Bay traded up with Frsico to draft.

  5. Staley was drafted in 2007 by the 49ers giving NE a future first round pick for the 31st overall. In 2008, that pick ended up in the top 10 and resulted in LB Jerod Mayo being selected. Mayo was really good for NE, but ultimately retired due to injuries after the 2015 season.

    In what at the time looked like a minor misstep (giving up a top 10 pick for a tackle) turned out to be a great trade. Staley was phenomenal for SF and what they could have gotten with their 2008 1st rounder would have likely not been worth waiting.

    Hope he enjoys retirement.

  6. It isn’t Joe’s fault he was a 9er, don’t hold that against him, he’s a good dude

  7. Jackalope says:

    Hall of Famer
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    The HOF used to be reserved for historic players. Since it’s now for the very good he’ll probably get in.

  8. Big Ant TV says:
    April 25, 2020 at 12:16 pm
    I’m guessing Joe Staley is retiring ? There legendary LT or Trent is playing RT

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    We see you @Big Ant TV!

  9. mlhigh77 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 5:54 pm
    Way to try and upstage the draft. Stay classy, Joe.
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    What? Where were you watching actual draft coverage?? All I saw was a covid 19 telethon interrupted once in a while by name announcements.

  10. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    April 25, 2020 at 4:12 pm
    Lost 2 SBs, I don’t see him getting into the HOF.

    Super Bowls are a team accomplishment. Dumb comment

  11. collectordude says:
    April 25, 2020 at 3:30 pm
    Good tackle but not HOF caliber.

    The HOF used to be reserved for historic players. Since it’s now for the very good he’ll probably get in.

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    Yeah because “very good” players are 6 time probowlers and on the All-Decade team. FYI, he made the pro-bowl and was all pro the same number of times as Randy Moss. I guess Randy Moss was “very good” too.

  12. He is smart enough to know when it’s time to go. You only get one body. I wish him well.

  13. All the best to you going forward….Super Bowl wins does not define a career. You could make a case that he was just as good, if not better, than Joe Thomas, another 2007 first round tackle.

  14. Way to try and upstage the draft. Stay classy, Joe.

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    Upstaging the 3rd day of the draft, What am I going to do now that my attention has been diverted from all the family tragedies that the draftee’s have experienced.

  15. Staley was drafted in 2007 by the 49ers giving NE a future first round pick for the 31st overall. In 2008, that pick ended up in the top 10 and resulted in LB Jerod Mayo being selected. Mayo was really good for NE, but ultimately retired due to injuries after the 2015 season.
    Mike Reiss of ESPN also added that there was a 2007 4th round pick included in this exchange as well that was used to acquire….Randy Moss. What an amazing trade for both teams. Hope San Fran has another great season. Cheers to Staley for a great career.

  16. Probably the best move made by any GM this offseaon in terms of offsetting a loss such as Staley.

  17. jackedupboonie says:
    April 25, 2020 at 6:28 pm
    mlhigh77 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 5:54 pm
    Way to try and upstage the draft. Stay classy, Joe.
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    What? Where were you watching actual draft coverage?? All I saw was a covid 19 telethon interrupted once in a while by name announcements.
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    YEP, I couldn’t take it after 6 picks took almost an hour and changed the channel and didn’t return once!

    WHAT A HORRIBLE EXCUSE FOR A DRAFT, WORST ONE EVER!

  18. Liberty Biberty says:
    April 25, 2020 at 11:19 pm
    All the best to you going forward….Super Bowl wins does not define a career. You could make a case that he was just as good, if not better, than Joe Thomas, another 2007 first round tackle.
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    No you couldn’t, Thomas didn’t miss a game until the season before he announced his retirement and to take it further he played 10,000 consecutive snaps from the first game after being drafted into the NFL and never missed a single play until his 11th season and was voted to 10 straight Pro Bowls. While Staley was also a great player he missed 27 games during his career and went to 6 Pro Bowls.

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