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Taking a look at Joe Staley's contract compared to other left tackles

The San Francisco 49ers signed Joe Staley to a contract extension in July. We take a look at how it compares to deals signed by other left tackles.

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Last month, prior to the start of training camp, the San Francisco 49ers signed left tackle Joe Staley to a 2-year contract extension, which locked him up through 2019. Technically it was viewed as a new contract, but it basically was an extension, adding $23 million in new money. Most people know about the deal at this point, but I thought it would be interesting to look at the details, and compare it with the top five deals at the left tackle position.

Staley's new money comes in the form of the following:

1. $6 million: Option bonus in 2015, which picks up his 2018 season
2. $4 million: Option bonus in 2016, which picks up his 2019 season,
3. $500,000: Annual roster bonuses
4. $200,000: Annual workout bonuses
5. $2 million: Raise to his 2017 base salary (making it $8.25 million)
6. $4.8 million: 2018 base salary
7. $4.8 million: 2019 base salary

Staley's deal now averages out at $7,441,667 per year. With that in mind, I want to compare Staley's deal with the top 5 left tackle contracts. We get our details courtesy of OverTheCap.com. I will go from top to bottom based on highest paid.

Joe Thomas - Cleveland Browns

Thomas signed a 7-year deal, worth $80.5 million in 2012, with a guarantee of $28.5 million, and an APY of $11.5 million a year.

Year

Base

Prorated

Roster

Workout

Other

Cap

Salary

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Number

2012

$10,500,000

$1,200,000

$0

$200,000

$0

$11,900,000

2013

$10,000,000

$1,200,000

$0

$200,000

$0

$11,400,000

2014

$10,900,000

$1,200,000

$0

$200,000

$0

$12,300,000

2015

$8,800,000

$1,200,000

$0

$200,000

$0

$10,200,000

2016

$8,300,000

$0

$1,000,000

$200,000

$0

$9,500,000

2017

$8,800,000

$0

$1,000,000

$200,000

$0

$10,000,000

2018

$8,800,000

$0

$1,000,000

$200,000

$0

$10,000,000

Ryan Clady - Denver Broncos

Clady signed a 5-year deal, worth $52.5 million in 2013, with a guarantee of $15 million, and an APY of $10.5 million.

Year

Base

Prorated

Roster

Workout

Other

Cap

Salary

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Number

2013

$1,500,000

$600,000

$10,500,000

$0

$0

$12,600,000

2014

$8,000,000

$600,000

$0

$0

$0

$8,600,000

2015

$8,500,000

$600,000

$1,500,000

$0

$0

$10,600,000

2016

$9,500,000

$600,000

$0

$0

$0

$10,100,000

2017

$10,000,000

$600,000

$0

$0

$0

$10,600,000

D'Brickashaw Ferguson - New York Jets

Ferguson signed a  6-year deal, worth $60 million in 2012, with a guarantee of $9,222,500, and an APY of $10 million.

Year

Base

Prorated

Roster

Workout

Other

Cap

Salary

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Number

2012

$985,000

$2,716,666

$0

$750,000

$0

$4,451,666

2013

$840,000

$3,998,666

$0

$750,000

$0

$5,588,666

2014

$5,950,000

$3,998,666

$1,000,000

$750,000

$0

$11,698,666

2015

$5,950,000

$3,998,670

$1,000,000

$750,000

$0

$11,698,670

2016

$8,625,000

$3,732,000

$1,000,000

$750,000

$0

$14,107,000

2017

$11,275,000

$1,282,000

$1,000,000

$750,000

$0

$14,307,000

Trent Williams - Washington

Williams signed a 6-year deal, worth $60 million in 2010, with a guarantee of $18.879 million, and an APY of $10 million.

Year

Base

Prorated

Roster

Workout

Other

Cap

Salary

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Number

2010

$2,398,000

$500,000

$0

$0

$0

$2,898,000

2011

$7,852,000

$2,000,000

$0

$0

$0

$8,004,471

2012

$11,000,000

$1,980,393

$1,000,000

$0

$0

$13,980,393

2013

$5,000,000

$1,980,393

$1,000,000

$0

$0

$7,980,393

2014

$7,250,000

$1,980,393

$1,750,000

$0

$0

$10,980,393

2015

$10,250,000

$1,480,393

$2,000,000

$0

$0

$13,730,393

Andrew Whitworth - Cincinnati Bengals

Whitworth signed a 2-year deal, worth $19.525 million in 2014, with a guarantee of $10.3 million, and an APY of $9,762,500.

Year

Base

Prorated

Roster

Workout

Other

Cap

Salary

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Number

2011

$2,800,000

$2,000,000

$2,500,000

$200,000

$0

$7,500,000

2012

$4,550,000

$2,000,000

$0

$200,000

$0

$6,750,000

2013

$4,550,000

$2,000,000

$0

$200,000

$0

$6,750,000

2014

$5,000,000

$1,000,000

$0

$200,000

$0

$6,200,000

2015

$5,000,000

$1,000,000

$0

$200,000

$0

$6,200,000

And now, for comparison, here is Joe Staley's deal

Staley's deal is basically treated as a new 6-year deal, worth $44.65 million, and a APY of only $7,441,667.

Year

Base

Prorated

Roster

Workout

Other

Cap

Salary

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Number

2014

$2,700,000

$0

$500,000

$200,000

$0

$3,400,000

2015

$4,500,000

$1,200,000

$500,000

$200,000

$0

$6,400,000

2016

$5,400,000

$2,200,000

$500,000

$200,000

$0

$8,300,000

2017

$8,250,000

$2,200,000

$500,000

$200,000

$0

$11,150,000

2018

$4,800,000

$2,200,000

$500,000

$200,000

$0

$7,700,000

2019

$4,800,000

$2,200,000

$500,000

$200,000

$0

$7,700,000

As you can see, Staley has a high 2017 cap figure ($11.15 million), but he has affordable numbers in the other years, especially in 2018 and 2019, when he will earn $7.7 million, all in cash value, as well as cap value.

Four of the five top contracts (not Whitworth's) have high cap figures in most of the years. Staley's deal climbs to $8.3 million in 2016, then $11.15 million in 2017. After that, it comes down to $7.7 million each of the remaining two seasons.

As always you can follow me on twitter @Jay_AB81, or check out Niner Cap Hell for more salary cap related discussions.