By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Now we know why the San Francisco 49ers acquired All-Pro tackle Trent Williams in a trade on Saturday. Following the trade, Joe Staley announced his retirement from the sport.
He reportedly let the 49ers know before the draft what he plans were. San Francisco then began negotiations with the Washington Redskins regarding Williams on Thursday.
It took two draft picks — including a fifth-round draft pick on Saturday — and a 2021 draft pick to acquire Williams. Staley then announced his retirement after 13 seasons in the sport.
“After 13 incredible seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, and many recent months of consideration, it is with very mixed emotions that I am announcing my retirement from the NFL,” Staley said in a statement. “The game of football has been a true passion of mine since I was 8, but my body is telling me it is time. Football is a physical sport and I have given my all to the game and pushed my limits. Last season was a dream to be a part of, having the opportunity to chase a Championship.
“But, it was by far the most difficult on me and my family. My body was breaking down with a variety of injuries and a deteriorating neck condition, and the constant discomfort affected every aspect of my life.”
The 35-year-old has an opportunity to remain with the team in some capacity. During an interview following the conclusion of the NFL Draft with General Manager John Lynch and Head Coach Kyle Shanahan had a lot of praise for Staley.
He was the 28th overall pick in the first-round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the 49ers. In his playing career, he was a six-time Pro Bowler and a three-time second-team All-Pro selection.
Staley was also a part of the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade team.
“Joe, for the past 13-years, has played at the highest level, being an unbelievable member of our community,” Lynch said. “The three-years that Kyle and I have been here, it’s just been a real treat getting to know Joe Staley. His level of play has been incredible. He’s given everything and I’ll leave it with this, if there’s a player you wish you could have pulled the whole thing off for, it would have been Joe. Like I said, we’ll give him a much more appropriate farewell at the right time.”