NFL News and Notes: Staley says goodbye to the NFL

Longtime San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley said goodbye to the National Football League on Tuesday afternoon after announcing his retirement over this past weekend.

Staley played 13 seasons in the NFL, all with the Niners, where he was a six-time Pro Bowl selection. During his rookie season, Staley played all 16 games at right tackle before shifting over to the left tackle position where he protected the blindside for 165 games over the last 12 seasons.

The 2019 season was long rumored to be the last of Staley’s career though he was able to return for the end of the season after breaking his fibula in September. In the final four weeks of the season, Staley was fully recovered and played 100% of the snaps and no fewer than 90% of the snaps in the three San Francisco playoff games.

In a Tuesday press conference, Staley said that announcing his retirement was both “a happy and sad day.” Staley admitted in the press conference that he didn’t actually want to retire, but his body would not allow him to perform as he would like. He was also considering his quality of life after his career came to a close.

Breeland arrested in South Carolina

According to an ESPN report, Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland was arrested in South Carolina yesterday.

Breeland was arrested for having an open container, driving without a license, and possession of both marijuana and hash. Breeland explained the possession by saying that a man walking by his vehicle threw something through the window. Yes, that is one of the most ridiculous explanations I have ever heard as well.

Breeland recently re-signed with the Chiefs after playing on a one-year deal last year. He has also played parts of his six-year career with the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers. He has 12 interceptions and seven forced fumbles in 83 career games.

San Francisco set up for NFC West dominance again

The easiest statement of the offseason is this: The Niners are going to be very good against in 2020. With the returning starters on the defensive side of the ball, the return of the three-headed backfield monster, the draft haul, and the addition of offensive lineman Trent Williams, the 49ers are set to run it back in 2020 at a level that could be more impressive than last season.

The addition of Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, solidifies the offensive line while the addition of Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk should provide a much-needed perimeter weapon to spread the ball around to. The retirement of Staley will obviously hurt, but the addition of Williams is the best that anyone can ask for to mitigate the loss.

San Francisco was the NFC representative in the Super Bowl in February after going 13-3 in the regular season and being one of the biggest surprises of the entire season. They solidified their regular-season dominance with a 37-20 drilling of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

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