San Francisco ‘prioritizing’ getting George Kittle extension done
Whether or not the San Francisco 49ers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV will not dictate their plans in the offseason. The Niners have their fair share of young talent needing extensions.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the 49ers top-priority in the offseason will be extending third-year tight end George Kittle. They work on hammering out that extension as soon as after the Super Bowl, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
“The Niners are going to make this a priority, try to get an extension done with Kittle quickly,” Garafolo said. “The top of the tight end market is about $10 million per year. He is going to blow the lid off of that. I would think you’re looking at $13 million at the floor on this one.”
Kittle, 26, is expected to set the tight end market with his extension, as Garafolo notes. That should come as no surprise, considering his production over the last two seasons.
In 2019, the 49ers tight end totaled 85 receptions for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games, missing two due to injury. His outstanding blocking coupled with his receiving production earned him an All-Pro nod and his second Pro Bowl appearance.
Kittle burst onto the scene in 2018. The Iowa product set the NFL receiving yards by a tight end record with 1,377, while also reeling-in 88 receptions and five touchdowns.
A fifth-round pick in 2017, Kittle has blown away all expectations in the NFL. Now, he’s a key contributor to a Super Bowl team and will soon have an upgraded bank account.