SANTA CLARA, Caliph. – The San Francisco 49ers are making George Kittle the tightest paid end in NFL history. More
Niners and Kittle agreed on a five-year, $ 75 million contract on Thursday, league sources confirmed to ESPN.
The deal was first reported by Barstool Sports, which reports that Kittle received $ 40 million guaranteed for injury and $ 30 million guaranteed during signing.
The deal, which was awaited for most of the off-season, easily surpasses the four-year, $ 42 million contract Austin Hooper signed with the Cleveland Browns in Mars and restores the market to the narrower ends.
The $ 40 million guarantee is more than double that of any other tight end in the NFL, and the $ 30 million guaranteed signing, which includes a $ 18 million signing bonus, is also a record amount – $ 12 million more than Hooper got.
Niners and Kittle went through a lengthy contract negotiation, which began after the Super Bowl and was complicated by the coronavirus pandemic. The potential for a lack of revenue from playing games without fans on the stands – and the subsequent drop in salary cap – created uncertainty about a possible deal.
Kittle reported to the training camp and participated in all team activities without as much as the threat of retention. Because the parties remained friendly throughout the process, general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan remained optimistic that an agreement would be reached after the Niners camp opened.
“I think we do not have to say how important George is to us, and not only as the best finish for me in the championship, but also the type of person he is,” Shanahan said on August 3rd. “So we are doing everything we can to make this happen. … I feel very good about this move forward, and I feel very optimistic about it. I hope, something will happen sooner or later. I’m not too worried. for this . “
This summer, NFL players ranked Kittleun as the seventh best player in the league, regardless of position. He has captured 2,945 receiving yards – the most in any close history in NFL history after three seasons, surpassing Mike Ditka and Rob Gronkowski. In 2018, Kittle set the record for most receiving yards in a season with a tight end when he finished with 1,377.
Over the past two seasons, Kittle ranks sixth in the NFL among all passengers with 2,430 receiving yards, 11th with 173 receptions and second with 1,464 yards after capture.
Beyond his passing ability, Kittle is widely regarded as one of the best blocking edges in the league. In two games without him in 2019, the 49ers averaged 2.63 yards per carry and 60.5 yards without touching the ground. In the 14 games he played, the Niners averaged 4.83 yards per carry and 156 yards per game for a 23-touch game.
All of these won Kittle a new Pro Bowl in each of the past two seasons, a second-team All-Pro spot in 2018 and a first-team All-Pro spot in 2019.