Joe Staley: Contract numbers
According to a league source who has seen the contract, Staley's deal included a signing bonus of $1,100,000 to go along with a 2007 roster bonus of $515,000. That is up-front money that is guaranteed. Over the life of the contract, Staley's base salaries for each year are as follows: 2007: $285,000; 2008: $1,000,000; 2009: $1,200,000; 2010: $1,400,000; 2011: $650,000. Staley's deal is laden with other roster and option bonuses and other bonuses that are tied to playing time and his participation in organized team activities. In each year of the contract, Staley will receive a $100,000 bonus if he reaches the Pro Bowl. Staley's deal includes almost $5.6 million in guaranteed money. The total package, if he were to reach all incentives and bonuses, has a maximum value of $10.7 million. According to another league source, the value of Staley's deal is an 8.5 percent increase over the contract signed by the No. 28 overall selection in the 2006 draft, tight end Marcedes Lewis of Jacksonville. Staley, the second of San Francisco's two first-round draft picks in April, becomes the team's fourth draft pick to sign his deal, following fourth-rounders Jay Moore and Joe Cohen and fifth-rounder Tarell Brown. Staley, the 6-foot-5, 306-pound product out of Central Michigan, appeared raw during the team's May minicamp but made considerable progress during June organized team activities, when he saw extensive time with the first unit at right tackle with incumbent Kwame Harris nursing a back problem. Staley is expected to give Harris a considerable challenge for his starting position during training camp this summer, which begins a week from Sunday. In other Niners news Tuesday: The team announced it has signed veteran free agents Markus Curry and Zachary Hilton to its training camp roster. Hilton, a 6-foot-8, 265-pound tight end, enters his fifth NFL season after originally being signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina in 2003. He spent the 2006 season on and off the New York Jets active roster and was inactive seven of the first eight contests of the year before being released in Week 9. Hilton, who will battle Billy Bajema and Delanie Walker for a backup role behind starting tight end Vernon Davis, posted career-highs in 2005 as a member of the New Orleans Saints, ranking third on the team in catches (35) to go along with 396 receiving yards and one touchdown in 15 games played with six starts. Curry, a 5-foot-11, 181-pound cornerback, has spent time between the San Diego Chargers' active roster and practice squad since being signed by the team as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan in 2005. He saw action in the first two games of the 2006 season for the Chargers.
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