We may loathe the San Francisco 49ers, but that doesn’t mean we can’t acknowledge that George Kittle is a terrific tight end and he deserves to get paid. Unfortunately, the 49ers agreed that he needs to be paid and as such have given him a big contract extension.
More on George Kittle’s five-year, $75 million extension that ties him to SF six years:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 13, 2020
$40 million guaranteed overall, twice that of any other TE.
$30 million guaranteed day one, $12 million more than the previous TE high of Austin Hooper’s $18M.
In just three years, Kittle has firmly established himself as one of the best players in the NFL regardless of position, and arguably the best tight end outright. For someone who only had 48 catches to his name in college, he’s the modern day do-it-all at the position under Kyle Shanahan’s offense. In addition to his outstanding blocking skills and impressive speed, he’s racked up 173 regular season catches over the past two seasons. His DYAR ranked 4th in 2019 and 1st in 2018, and that only pays attention to his value as a pass-catcher.
San Francisco has done well to keep much of the core of its NFC Championship team intact on both sides of the ball, and their franchise TE has got the substantial payday he deserves.
Kittle will be the highest paid TE in football... at least until we know the details on Travis Kelce’s extension from the Kansas City Chiefs, who seem to be the greatest at salary cap management in the history of sports.
Travis Kelce and the Chiefs have agree to parameters on a four-year extension that would tie Kelce to the Chiefs for the next six seasons, sources told ESPN.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 13, 2020