Joe Staley on Alex Smith: “He wants to be out there on the field.”

The 49ers acquired Staley after trading into the first round with the New England Patriots. The 49ers gave their 2008 1st Round Pick and a 4th Round pick in 2007.

Staley was named the starting right tackle over Kwame Harris in 2007, and has been a fixture on the 49ers offensive line ever since.

He was selected to the 2012 Pro Bowl and has been one of Alex Smith’s bodyguards since the start of the 2011 season under Jim Harbaugh.

Staley has watched the drama unfold in the 49ers quarterback battle between Smith and Colin Kaepernick and gave his thoughts when he spoke to 95.7 The Game in San Francisco about Smith and how he is dealing with the situation.

“He wants to play. He made his feelings known yesterday with the comments that he made. He’s itching to play, and he feels he should be out there, but it’s the coach’s decision.

That’s the way he’s handling it. I know it’s eating him up inside, but I know Alex, the kind of man he is, the kind of character he has, and he wants to see the team win. But he wants to be out there on the field.”

“I’d love to have him out there. He knows how I feel, but regardless of who I’m out there with, my job is to be the best left tackle I can be.”

“Personally, I feel just go with one of them. Let’s roll.”