Get this for what it’s worth.
A well-established source who has been accurate in the past simply explained this to me: The 49ers will announce the extension of George Kittle’s contract this Friday.
According to the source, it will be a six-year extension worth $ 94.8 million ̵1; or $ 15.8 million per season. Of that money, the 49ers guaranteed 50 percent of it, or $ 47.4 million. Kittle will also receive a $ 25 million reward, and the 49ers will structure his deal so that it will cost them just $ 10 million of their salary space in 2021.
Meaning Kittle would technically make less money each year than Arik Armstead and Dee Ford, who earn $ 17 million and $ 17.1 million a season, respectively. But Kittle would receive more guaranteed money than any player in the 49ers except Jimmy Garoppolo, who received $ 48.7 million fully guaranteed by the 49ers in 2017.
This seems like a fair deal for both the 49ers and Kittle. The 49ers do not have to pay Kittle $ 17 million a season, which is money with wide receivers. They get a discount because it is a tight end. But Kittle gets a lot of money and security guaranteed because he has earned them. He is one of the best players in the league, he is a team captain and the face of the franchise.
During his three seasons in the NFL, Kittle has captured 216 assists, won 2,977 yards and scored 12 blocks. His peers recently voted him the seventh best player in the league, according to the NFL Network. And now, if my source is correct, it looks like Kittle will be in the 49ers by 2026.