Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


49ers TE George Kittle excited new contract lets him focus on football and running through someone’s face

Aug 15, 2020 at 1:34 PM--


San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle spoke with reporters on Saturday for the first time since signing his five-year contract extension. He was excited to become the NFL's highest-paid tight end because it means resetting the market for a position that hasn't seen much movement for a long time.

Kittle admits that the reset probably wasn't as significant as it should be, but called it a "step in the right direction."

"I think the fact that guys are exploding through the ceiling that was set with me — Travis Kelce had a fantastic new deal, I know (Zach) Ertz is about to get one — the guys that are just blowing through that, it's fun to see," Kittle explained.

General manager John Lynch, who also spoke with reporters on Saturday, knows what it is like to play a position where salary bumps have lagged.

"I think I had an interesting perspective, personally, because I played a position that had lagged behind in terms of getting paid," Lynch explained. "And I felt like the position and the nature of the position had changed. At one point, I became the high-water mark at safety for about 24 hours before Brian Dawkins did."

Kittle is excited to have the contract negotiations behind him because it allows him to focus on what he loves.

"I just wanted to get it done, have some security," Kittle said. "Now, I can go onto a football field and not have any worries about anything. I don't have to worry about getting injured. I don't have to really worry about anything. I can just go out there and focus on football.

"I have the best job in the world. I get paid to play football. Now, I'm taken care of, and my family's taken care of. Now, I can just focus on that.

"I don't have to worry about money. I don't have to worry about anything else. I can just go out there and play football and run through someone's face, and I'm really excited about that."

Kittle felt it was important for him to be on the field for training camp rather than miss time as negotiations progressed.

"Being a captain and just being what I think is the leader of the team, I always wanted to set the right example," Kittle said. "I want to be here with the guys. I want to go through the workouts. I want to set the standard for my rookie tight end (Charlie Woerner). I've got young tight ends in my room. I'm the oldest guy besides Jordan Reed. He's new here too.

"I just want to make sure guys know that this is the level we play at, this is the level that we're expected to play at. There's not really any excuses. When you can set that standard, I think our young guys learned a lot in the last two weeks, and the steps that they've made has been really fun to see."





More San Francisco 49ers News



49ers TE George Kittle identifies where he can improve this offseason

By David Bonilla
Feb 15, 2021

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle can do it all. He excels as both a receiver and a run-blocker, making him the complete package. Still, there is always room for improvement. According to Pro Football Focus, only six of Kittle's 63 targets this past season went for 20-or-more yards. The All-Pro tight end hauled in four of those pass attempts for 131 yards. To his credit, one was determined to be uncatchable, leaving Kittle with just one drop. He would love to create more opportunities as a downfield target, though. Kittle spoke with Chris Simms of NBC Sports last week and was asked what he hopes to work on this offseason to improve his game in 2021. "I would like to get better at the longer-distanced routes, some longer-distanced third-down



George Kittle, Jordan Reed, Kendrick Bourne represent 49ers on NFL's top 100 catches of 2020

By Kirk Larrabee
Feb 21, 2021

2020 was a fairly forgettable season for the 49ers, but there were still three catches along the way that were memorable enough to be included in the NFL's collection of the top 100 catches of the year. The collection was released to the NFL's YouTube account on February 19 and included catches from wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, tight end Jordan Reed, and tight end George Kittle, with Reed and Kittle's catches cracking the top 20. Here's a look at the 49ers catches that made their list. C.J. Beathard and Kendrick Bourne's meaningless-but-still-cool Hail Mary completion (ranked 68th overall) This play came as time expired in the 49ers' 41-33 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on December 20. Chances are it would have ranked higher had it



Football Outsiders calls Vikings' Kirk Cousins a 'healthier version' of 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo

By David Bonilla
Feb 24, 2021

In a feature for ESPN, Football Outsiders suggested a non-Deshaun Watson bold move for each NFL team. Before continuing, it is important to note that they admit some of the suggestions are far-fetched but believe that each would improve the teams' chances of winning. The suggestion for the San Francisco 49ers is to trade for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. I'll pause for the collective groan from readers. This isn't really about the trade itself, though, but the reason behind the suggestion and why Cousins' name keeps coming up for the 49ers when the Vikings — nor Cousins — have given any indication



49ers WR Travis Benjamin after a year away: "I can't wait to get back to football"

By David Bonilla
Feb 26, 2021

The San Francisco 49ers signed speedy former Browns and Chargers wide receiver Travis Benjamin to a one-year, $1.05 million contract last April. He was excited to be reunited with head coach Kyle Shanahan. San Francisco was so confident that Benjamin could contribute that it was willing to trade away its fastest wideout, Marquise Goodwin, during the draft. Just over a month later, tragedy hit Benjamin's family. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has been going strong for nearly a year now, had hit home. The receiver lost his 77-year-old grandmother to complications from the virus. That changed Benjamin's outlook. "I was ready for the season,"


Featured

Trending News

Share 49erswebzone