Placing collectively a Tremendous Bowl contending workforce is difficult. Holding it collectively is even tougher, and the San Francisco 49ers and tight finish George Kittle are studying that.
One of many key speaking factors within the San Francisco camp this offseason has been conserving Kittle. After making second-team All-Professional in 2018, Kittle continued his meteoric rise with 1,053 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2019, all however solidifying him as an elite tight finish within the NFL.
Discovering that form of weapon within the fifth spherical of the 2017 NFL Draft has confirmed to be a shrewd transfer from basic supervisor John Lynch and the 49ers entrance workplace, particularly contemplating that the 49ers have solely needed to pay Kittle a grand whole of $1,888,713 in his first three seasons.
Whereas Kittle is scheduled to earn simply over $2.2 million in 2020, one other season of unbelievable worth, the 49ers additionally acknowledge that locking Kittle right into a long-term deal is crucial. The query is, is what Kittle needs what he deserves, and do the 49ers have the cap house to supply it?
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What May Kittle’s Contract Look Like?
In comparison with elsewhere like contracts the quarterback place, tight ends within the NFL usually don’t get actually insane offers. The 2 highest paid tight ends within the NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Rob Gronkowski and Minnesota Viking Kyle Rudolph are every making round $9 million in 2020.
Kittle actually deserves to reset the tight finish market, however the tough half is by how a lot? Does his worth transcend the positional market, and make him worthy of a contract that would double that of the following closest tight finish?
NBC Sports activities talked with an nameless agent of the 49ers, who threw out a particular quantity that may pay Kittle what he deserves in addition to making it affordable for San Francisco.
“Daily they wait, he will get dearer,” the agent stated. “They might be sensible to only chew the bullet and provides him, say, $14 million per season and $30 million assured now. In two or three years, it’s going to appear to be they acquired off straightforward.”
That’s a quantity that the 49ers can really pay as effectively, contemplating that the workforce solely has $11,957,942 in cap house in response to Spotrac. Shifting round contracts and trimming some monetary fats may make it a risk for the deal to occur this season.
Nevertheless, if Kittle and his agent Jack Bechta suppose he’s deserving than one thing greater than that, the 49ers will possible be pressured to franchise tag the tight finish in 2021.
Bechta’s Feedback on Kittle’s New Contract
Bechta talked to NBC Sports activities’ Matt Maiocco early this month, giving some perception on the place the 2 sides are at.
“Proper now, there’s not a comp for George,” Bechta stated. “He’s distinctive. He’s a unicorn. He’s one among a form. George is a really particular participant. He wants a particular contract. And people issues take time for either side. It’s a pleasant downside for everyone to have.
“On the finish of the day, I belief the Niners will do the proper factor and take excellent care of George, as they need to. However I belief the method. I received’t remark the place we’re at, or numbers or something like that. However hopefully it will get carried out.”
Whereas Bechta confirmed optimism, his feedback about Kittle being “one among a form” additionally exhibits that he and the tight finish aren’t going to settle for the standard elite contract.
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Evan Reier is a sportswriter masking the San Francisco 49ers for Heavy.com and native sports activities for the Montana Normal in Butte, MT. Attain out to him on Twitter at @evanreier and be part of our 49ers group at Heavy on 49ers on Fb.