49ers ride big plays in all phases to grind out 17-11 win over Eagles →
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

49ers, George Kittle agree to a 5-year, $75 million contract extension, per Rapoport

Aug 13, 2020 at 8:06 AM--

San Francisco 49ers fans can rest easy knowing that the heart and soul of their favorite team, tight end George Kittle, will remain with the organization for the foreseeable future. Signing Kittle was a priority entering the offseason, and San Francisco finally accomplished that on Thursday, according to Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver of NFL Network.

The 49ers and Kittle agreed to a five-year extension reportedly worth $75 million. Half of that total will come as guarantees. The average annual salary of $15 million officially makes him the highest-paid tight end in football by a significant margin.

"Language is being worked on, but numbers are there," reports Rapoport. "One of their top players, this was a big-time priority."

Added Rapoport on NFL Network: "As far as the other specifics, he gets $40 million in total guarantees. That includes injury guarantees. $30 million is fully guaranteed at signing. So the 49ers give him probably more guaranteed money than they have given a lot of the other players. That just speaks to his importance. And in a pandemic, when money is hard to come by, he gets $18 million in a signing bonus."

Kittle's buddies at the Pardon My Take podcast actually broke the news about a minute before Rapoport.

Kittle, 26, was scheduled to enter the final year of his four-year rookie deal this season. Negotiations were not easy and dragged through the offseason, with the two sides reportedly seeking very different levels of compensation.

Kittle's agent, Jack Bechta, wasn't interested in using the tight end market as a gauge since his client has proven to be the 49ers' best receiver and one of their best run blockers.

"Right now, there is not comp for George," Bechta told NBC Sports Bay Area earlier this offseason. "He's unique. He's a unicorn. He's one of a kind."

Added Bechta: "At the end of the day, I trust the Niners will do the right thing, and take good care of George, as they should."

Kittle reported to the 49ers with the rest of the veterans on July 28 for COVID-19 testing as training camp started, and did so without a new deal in place.

"Being a captain, I want to be there for my team, and I need to show the right leadership skills," Kittle said earlier this month.

The 49ers made Kittle a fifth-round selection out of Iowa in 2017. He registered 85 receptions for 1,053 yards with five touchdowns through 14 regular-season starts with the 49ers in 2019.

"We don't have to say how important George is to us, and not only [him] being the best tight end, to me, in the league but also the type of person he is," head coach Kyle Shanahan said earlier this month.

Kittle has caught 216 passes for 2,945 yards with 12 touchdowns through his three NFL seasons. His receiving yards total since being drafted are the most by a tight end during the player's first three seasons.

The young NFL star is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and was named a first-team All-Pro following the 2019 season. He has recorded back-to-back 1,000-plus-yard seasons, including a 2018 campaign where he set an NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end with 1,377 yards.

Kittle was recently ranked No. 7 on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2020.

Related News

More San Francisco 49ers News

Rapoport feels Richard Sherman to 49ers 'would be a really good addition'

By David Bonilla
Sep 13

Could Richard Sherman returning to the San Francisco 49ers be on the horizon for the veteran cornerback? Head coach Kyle Shanahan revealed that the two sides had been in contact about the possibility but didn't indicate anything was imminent. Still, it is an intriguing possibility. The 49ers lost their starting cornerback, Jason Verrett, to what appears to be a season-ending ACL injury. That confirmation is expected today. A week ago, the team signed Josh Norman for depth. But a significant injury to one of your best defenders can force you to look at your options. That's what the 49ers are preparing to do. Prayers

Frelund's simulations project 10 wins, NFC West crown for 49ers, at least 6 TDs for George Kittle

By David Bonilla
Sep 6

It's worth noting that NFL Network analyst Cynthia Frelund actually projects 10.1 wins for the San Francisco 49ers, but I didn't need a bunch of social media posts asking what 0.1 of a win is without bothering to read this. Frelund ran her most simulations to date, a whopping 300,000 that included every regular-season game. That's a total of 81.6 million simulated games. She then took her data and vetted it with several experts to determine the projected win total for each team in 2021 based on those simulations. The San Francisco 49ers ended up with the third-most projected win average in the NFC, with only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12.5) and

George Kittle inspired by highlights of 49ers legend Dwight Clark, words from his son

By David Bonilla
Sep 7

Last week, George Kittle became the recipient of the first-ever Dwight Clark Legacy Award, an honor presented to a San Francisco 49ers player who best exemplifies the late receiver's spirit of teamwork. The award was presented to Kittle during an event at the Concord Pavilion and featured several 49ers greats. All the proceeds went to benefit the Golden Heart Fund, a charitable organization created by the team to help players transition from NFL careers to their next phases in life. Kittle had a chance to speak with Clark's family members, with Clark's 21-year-old son offering a message to San Francisco's All-Pro tight end. He said that Kittle reminded him of how his father used to play the

George Kittle, Nick Bosa 'confident' and 'excited' about 49ers outlook as season begins

By Kirk Larrabee
Sep 9

After a long offseason, training camp and preseason to follow up everything that they went through in 2020, it's safe to say the San Francisco 49ers are itching to get their 2021 regular season underway this Sunday against the Detroit Lions (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT). And based on what tight end George Kittle and defensive end Nick Bosa said after practice on Thursday, it sounds like the 49ers will be heading into this weekend's opener at Ford Field in Detroit with momentum at their backs after six successful weeks of preparation. Last season saw the 49ers' hopes of defending their 2019 NFC Championship go up in smoke after being decimated by a seemingly never-ending string of significant injuries. Then, to add insult to injury, the 49ers were forced to spend the


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone