Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


George Kittle and 49ers Hit the Sweet-Spot and Strike a Deal

Gilbert Brink
Aug 13, 2020 at 9:05 AM


The 49ers won big today. George Kittle, the unquestionable best tight-end in the NFL, signed a contract extension to the tune of $15 million a year for 5 years.

It took longer than expected, but the cornerstone to the 49ers offense is now locked in for the long-term. Much was made about the size of Kittle's contract, and debate circulated around his value being comparable to a tight-end or that of a wide-receiver. In the end, the 49ers and Kittle came to a conclusion that I proposed back on June 1st 2020

"Both sides should split the difference between top TE and top WR and meet in the middle, making him the highest paid TE in NFL history with a deal in the range of $15 million a year."

That is exactly how it played out. Kittle signed a 5-year deal worth $75 million. The value was spot on. Kittle is by far the best tight end in the game and now will be paid 1.5x the amount the 2nd highest paid tight end in the game will be making (Austin Hooper averages $10.5 million yearly). There was some talk that Kittle was looking for WR money, and while he produces at that level, the 49ers couldn't afford to pay him the money a top-tier WR would make. According to Over The Cap Kittle's pay day would make him the 12th highest-paid WR:

Player Team Avg./Year
Julio Jones Falcons $22,000,000
Amari Cooper Cowboys $20,000,000
Michael Thomas Saints $19,250,000
A.J. Green Bengals $18,171,000
Tyreek Hill Chiefs $18,000,000
Odell Beckham Jr. Browns $18,000,000
Mike Evans Buccaneers $16,500,000
Brandin Cooks Texans $16,200,000
DeAndre Hopkins Cardinals $16,200,000
Adam Thielen Vikings $16,200,000
Jarvis Landry Browns $15,100,000

To consider that Jarvis Landry, Adam Thielen, Brandin Cooks, AJ Green and Amari Cooper are being paid more than The People's Tight End, one can only laugh at that. Cheers to GM John Lynch, HC Kyle Shanahan and to the best, and richest, tight-end in football.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


0 Comments

  • No Comments

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



49ers' Kyle Shanahan shares George Kittle story while discussing player honesty regarding injuries

By David Bonilla
Jan 9

Kyle Shanahan has noticed many changes since transitioning from an offensive coordinator to the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. One that he maybe didn't expect to be so drastic is how honest his players are with him when it comes to injuries, even when he hopes for complete honesty. Shanahan is one of the team's top decision-makers. That means his players look to impress him with their toughness. In their minds, that means pushing through certain injuries to be available. Shanahan joined KNBR this week and was asked to estimate what percentage of his players are actually honest with him regarding the severity of their injuries. The answer was surprisingly low. As a head coach, Shanahan figures that only about five percent are completely honest. That number



49ers TE George Kittle teases Rams with 'body bag' comment

By Kirk Larrabee
Jan 9

The Los Angeles Rams seemed to have turned an innocent comment made recently by San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle into some motivation this week, but Kittle made sure he got the last laugh after the 49ers' 27-24 overtime win over the Rams on Sunday. Kittle was speaking to reporters on Thursday about the physicality of the 49ers' offense and ended his comments by saying, "It's going to definitely show up this Sunday about who's the more physical team. It's going to be kind of a body bag game, is my opinion." He revealed in his media session after Sunday's game that the Rams might have taken exception to those comments, even though he didn't make the comment to target the Rams in particular. But then Kittle used that comment to take a little shot at the Rams that



49ers' George Kittle on Trent Williams: 'He's the best football player I've ever played with'

By David Bonilla
Jan 13

Pro Football Focus awarded San Francisco 49ers Tackle Trent Williams its highest overall grade for the 2021 season. In fact, his 98.3 overall grade was the highest ever from the analytics site. 🥇 Highest single-season PFF grade ever🥇 98.5 run-blocking grade (1st in NFL) @TrentW71: PFF's Best Overall Player this season pic.twitter.com/0LjTwb6CHs— PFF (@PFF) January 13,



'We're a much better team now': George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk, DeMeco Ryans discuss 49ers-Packers rematch

By David Bonilla
Jan 19

Week 3's matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers was a heartbreaker for The Faithful. The fans at Levi's Stadium watched Jimmy Garoppolo engineer a thrilling comeback touchdown drive to take the lead, only to watch Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers crush their hopes with a game-winning drive in the closing seconds. A lot has changed since that 30-28 defeat. That kicked off a four-game losing streak for the 49ers. However, San Francisco finished the season strong and made the playoffs in the final week of the regular season. Green Bay muscled its way to the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Now, we get to watch the two teams go head-to-head again, this time for the right to advance to the NFC Championship Game. "I don't think they look much


Featured

More by Gilbert Brink

More Articles

Share 49ersWebzone