George Kittle needs to be paid like a receiver, claims Steve Young
It’s no question that George Kittle has been huge for the San Francisco 49ers in his three seasons in the Bay Area. Now, Hall of Famer and team legend Steve Young said that the franchise has to put the money where their mouth is and pay the tight end like a wide receiver.
“No matter how you cut the data, it’s proven. George Kittle is one of the most talented players in the league, and most productive,” Steve Young said of the 49ers QB on the Tolbert, Krueger and Brooks show, per NBC Sports. “They’re gonna have to pay him as a wide receiver, they’re gonna have to, and George knows that. The problem is, there might be a hybrid, I agree that he’s not going to necessarily make every dollar that a wide receiver makes, but he’s not going to get trapped into the tight end spot.”
As the 49ers’ tight end, Kittle has been quite the option for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s offense. He has tallied over 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons, scoring a total of 10 touchdowns. He has done all this under a typical tight end contract even though, as we all know, he deserves way more.
Kittle is on the last year of his four-year rookie contract with the 49ers, and according to recent reports, he’s poised to sign a new massive contract that could potentially earn him way more than any tight end in the NFL today.
Currently, the highest paid tight end in the league is Hunter Henry, who is set to make $10.6 million with the Los Angeles Chargers. Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper comes in second with $10.5 million per year.