SANTA CLARA, California – San Francisco 49ers is turning George Kittle into the tightest-paid tightest player in NFL history. By a lot.
Niners and Kittle agreed to a $ 75 million five-year deal on Thursday, federated sources confirmed with ESPN. It includes a contracting bonus of $ 18 million, $ 30 million secured upon signing and $ 40 million secured for injuries, a source told ESPN.
The specifics of the deal were first reported by Barstool Sports.
The deal, which has been expected for most of the season, easily surpassed a $ 42 million, four-year deal that Austin Hooper signed with the Cleveland Browns in March, which was the largest ever before for a conclusion. push tight.
But Kittle, who was ranked as the seventh best player in the tournament by NFL players regardless of position this summer, has made a deal to reset the market for top tight finishes in the future. hybrid.
Niners and Kittle went through a lengthy contract negotiation – which began after the Super Bowl game and complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic – to reach a deal.
While Niners general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan insisted they wanted to make a deal with Kittle, the possibility of a drop in revenue when there are no fans in the stands and wages drop afterwards. creates uncertainty over how a potential deal is structured and how Kittle’s contract may fit in the future.
The two sides were able to get past and finish when Kittle reported having camped and participated in all team activities without being deemed a hold threat. Because the parties remained friendly throughout the process, Lynch and Shanahan remained optimistic that a deal would be made when the Niners opened camp.
“I think we don’t have to say how important George is to us and not just the best finish for me in the tournament, but his type,” Shanahan said on March 3. August, we are doing everything we can to get that work done. … I feel really good about this in the future and I feel very optimistic about it. Hopefully something happens sooner. However, I’m not too concerned about that. “
Kittle has reached 2,945 yards received – the most in NFL history in three seasons, surpassing Mike Ditka and Rob Gronkowski. In 2018, Kittle set a record for the most yards in a season when he finished with 1.377. Over the past two seasons, Kittle has been sixth in the NFL of all catchers with 2,430 yards on possession, 11th place with 173 tackles and second with 1,464 yards after catch.
In addition to his power gain, Kittle is also rated as one of the best blocking in the tournament. In two games without him in 2019, the 49ers averaged 2.63 yards per shot and 60.5 yards of quick rush without hitting the ground. In the 14 games he played, the Niners averaged 4.83 yards per shot and 156 yards per game with 23 hasty touches.
All of that has given Kittle a Pro Bowl nod for each of the past two seasons, a second All-Pro team spot in 2018 and a first-team All-Pro spot in 2019.