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Joe Staley explains why he does not want to chase a Super Bowl ring somewhere else

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The 49ers long-time left tackle has no plans on leaving anytime soon.

The San Francisco 49ers are expected to be extremely competitive in 2018, and depending on how quick the turnaround is, they might still be able to get a Super Bowl ring for their longest tenured player.

Left tackle Joe Staley has been with the 49ers since 2007, and has grown into a team leader and one of the most popular players on the roster. He has seen all the highs and lows of the past decade, with more lows than highs outside the Harbaugh years. Since Harbaugh’s departure, he is regularly mentioned as someone the 49ers could try and trade by the annual deadline.

Staley sat down with Matt Maiocco recently, and he explained why he would prefer to remain with the 49ers for the rest of his career. You can listen to the full podcast above, or click here.

”I just think, you spend so much time in one spot, and I just feel like it would mean that much more, to me, to be able to be a part of something that, go through the tough times, and get back to the top. I just know that if we do win a Super Bowl while I’m here, that it will just be that much more special to be able to do it in one spot, and withstand all those tough times, and finally win the ring.

“I know it would be a lot more — I also don’t want to chase rings. I can’t speak to anybody else, but to me it would be, it would feel like I really didn’t have a big part in that. I was kind of riding coattails of other players or whatever if I was to get traded to a different team. And also, I just don’t want to go anywhere else. This place has been really good to me, and I love the people here. Even in tough times, this is home for me.”

This is not a surprising comment, and I imagine the longer he remains with the 49ers, the more committed he becomes to that reasoning. If the 49ers had not had the Harbaugh turnaround, I could easily have seen him departing. But now that he’s got a decade under his belt with the 49ers, it becomes harder and harder to make that change.

Of course, it take two sides agreeing on this, but Staley has given the 49ers plenty of reasons to keep him around. He is playing as well as he ever has in his NFL career. The 49ers offensive line has some issues in the interior, but Staley has been a rock at left tackle.

Staley is signed through 2019, with very reasonable cap hits in each year, at $7.7 million per year. I don’t anticipate a contract extension quite yet, but if he has a strong start to 2018, maybe the 49ers add another year or two to his current contract.