San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle contract news has emerged as one of the best tight ends in the NFL. With the three-year veteran entering the final year of his rookie deal, the 49ers are trying to sign him to a long-term extension this offseason.
Even though Kittle wants to continue playing for the 49ers. Don’t expect him to give the team a home town discount during negotiations. For the reason that his agent said he is looking for more than a deal that makes Kittle the highest-paid tight end in the NFL. Are the 49ers prepared for that?
“I don’t care about the tight end market,” Kittle’s agent, Jack Bechta, told NFL Network. “I’m being paid to do a George Kittle deal.”
The 26-year-old is set to make $735,000 in 2020 on the final year of his rookie contract. With Cleveland’s Austin Cooper signing a four-year $42 million deal to make him the highest paid tight end in the league and Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry set to make $10,607,000 on the franchise tag this season, Kittle’s new deal is expected to exceed theirs.
Update on George Kittle Contract News
Kittle, who was named to the All-Pro team last season. Appears to be aiming higher. The top-paid wide receivers, like the Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones and the Dallas Cowboys’ Amari Cooper, are making $20 million per season or more. While the top 10 non-quarterback skill position players average at least $16 million.
The good news for Kittle is 49ers general manager John Lynch doesn’t plan on letting him go anytime soon.
“George isn’t going anywhere. We’re going to work hard to try to get it done,” Lynch said during a radio interview. “I think they’ve got motivation just to reset the tight end market, as do we for him. It’s just finding that sweet spot, where that is. … When that happens, I don’t know. But we’re working hard, as are they, to try to make that happen. George is going to be a part of the 49ers for a long, long time.”