George Kittle and the San Francisco 49ers have not made a lot progress on a brand new contract, together with his agent saying he’s in search of greater than a deal that makes Kittle the highest-paid tight finish within the NFL.
“I do not care concerning the tight finish market,” Kittle’s agent, Jack Bechta, informed NFL Community. “I am being paid to do a George Kittle deal.”
Kittle, 26, is ready to make $735,000 in 2020 on the ultimate yr of his rookie contract.
This offseason, Austin Hooper signed the biggest contract for a decent finish: 4 years, $42 million with the Cleveland Browns. Los Angeles Chargers tight finish Hunter Henry is ready to take advantage of cash this yr, $10,607,000 on the franchise tag.
Kittle, a first-team All-Professional in 2019, seems to be aiming increased. The highest-paid vast receivers, just like the Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones and the Dallas Cowboys’ Amari Cooper, are making $20 million per season or extra, whereas the highest 10 non-quarterback ability place gamers common no less than $16 million.
NFL Community reported that Kittle’s facet and the 49ers engaged in preliminary negotiations in February however that they have not talked for the previous few months, although that may very well be because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Final month, normal supervisor John Lynch stated the 49ers plan to maintain Kittle round for the long run.
“George is not going anyplace. We will work laborious to attempt to get it executed,” Lynch informed KGMZ-FM 95.7 The Recreation. “I believe they have motivation simply to reset the tight finish market, as can we for him. It is simply discovering that candy spot, the place that’s. … When that occurs, I do not know. However we’re working laborious, as are they, to attempt to make that occur. George goes to be part of the 49ers for an extended, very long time.”