George Kittle reported to the 49ers training camp on time and has no complaints, despite a desire to sign a large extension contract. His reasoning is simple: Leaders put the team first.
Resisting can not do that. It’s inherently very selfish, even if it’s the rare way a player can gain some leverage in the NFL ecosystem where teams hold all the trump cards.
It also protects your health in a violent game, where even a training injury can end a career. If a player encounters something catastrophic before signing an extension, he will get nothing. That’s a big risk, it’s not clear if Kittle did it when the 49ers first fully trained on Saturday.
It was a point of argument now that Kittle has agreed on contract renewal terms, except to illustrate that even soft deadlines push deals. While the negotiations may be complicated due to the pandemic and his location, everything ended well.
That̵7;s where we are, with smiles all around. That’s why there is no need to declare a winner in this deal.
The 49ers have rewarded an invaluable player as important as any non-midfielder for what they do. Kittle is definitely fun and relaxed, feels valued and is completely focused on football. His teammates have witnessed with their own eyes that his hard work and talent pay off.
Kittle was well deserved. Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reported, according to Kittle’s representative, that the 5-year contract is worth up to $ 75 million, with a signing bonus of $ 18 million, $ 30 million guaranteed. when signed and 40 million dollars overall guarantee.[49ERS INSIDER PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]
That deal gives the narrow hub market the tough start it deserves, pushing electrical current to stagnation since Jimmy Graham signed a major deal in 2014.
Though that is a tight end-to-end amount, 11 receivers are still getting more than Kittle’s $ 15 million average per season. That’s Jarvis Landry’s money. It was less than the cost of Adam Theilen.
Wrap your brain around that.
Through that lens, it is an absolute stealing of 49ers and exposes one key truth about NFL player pricing: The location market is stupid.
Kittle’s monetary value is affected because there is a “TE” next to his name on the flip card. Elite centers and safety agencies and sponsors also suffer from the same disease. They are boxed by location, setting a ceiling for their value.
That is, stupidly said.[[[[INVOLVE: George Kittle, 49ers only reaches reasonable destination with extension]
Exceptions are required for all rules, especially the illogical one, and certainly Kittle’s.
He’s not a tight end person or a receiver. He’s a unicorn, an ideal player and always in the dressing room and easily the most influential defender on the 49ers’ list.
The tight end-to-end financial constraints do not apply to defensive kicks, which makes it a bit difficult to trade DeForest Buckner a little easier. They have a first option to use a cheaper alternative, putting Javon Kinlaw on a rookie deal for paying Buckner an average annual salary of $ 21 million that Indianapolis gave him.
That also provides some flexibility to complete this Kittle deal, knowing well that the 49ers have some tough decisions coming up with young talent worthy of a big pay raise in the near future.
Kittle had to be how to complete, and 49ers were very smart to avoid the awkwardness of playing hard ball. They did not give up the guarantee. There is no future franchise card threat. No missed practice works.
They did the right thing by a player needed for the 49ers to win the Lombardi Cup through this currently open championship window. The market reset deal also offers a slightly tighter end to respect – it’s no coincidence Travis Kelce was also renewed on Thursday – after years of low-paid years.
That’s why there is no need to declare a winner in this deal. It is a win-win situation.