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49ers have to assume Joe Staley ‘is not coming back,’ per Matt Maiocco

For the most part since Super Bowl LIV, the San Francisco 49ers have indicated they fully expect veteran left tackle Joe Staley to return for at least one more season.

Staley was notably upset by the Super Bowl loss, now his second with the team as the Niners’ longest-tenured player. And while his mood and non-committal talk of the future left some doubts, general manager John Lynch was insistent the team expected Staley back this upcoming year.

Except NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco isn’t so sure.