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Golden Nuggets: Kittle’s new contract will be the 49ers’ next priority

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Your San Francisco 49ers links for Monday, March 23, 2020.

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According to NBC Sports’, Matt Maiocco, George Kittle will have a base salary of $2.1 million in 2020. I’ve seen some 49ers’ fans worry about the possibility of Kittle holding out if he doesn’t get a new deal. I don’t think we’ll have to worry about that. I’d be willing to place a sizable bet that an extension is done before the 49ers come close to training camp.

OverTheCap has the 49ers’ with just over $15.7 million in salary-cap space. That figure doesn’t factor in the recent deals for pass rusher Ronald Blair or offensive lineman Ben Garland. OTC has the 49ers’ rookie pool is set at $8.162 million to sign their draft class. That’s up a little over a million with the addition of the No. 13 overall pick. The good news was with the restructure of Jerick McKinnon last week; the Niners cleared $5.64 million in cap space. This gives the team a little more wiggle room in the event they want to sign a veteran this offseason, or need to make an emergency type of signing in-season.

The question is, what will Kittle make? New Browns tight end Austin Hooper is the NFL’s highest-paid tight end at over $10 million per season. As we know, the 49ers contracts are never as simple as what the contract reads on the surface level. Still, it will be surprising to see Kittle make anything under $15 million a season.

If Kittle gets $15 million per season, that will make him the 12th-highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. Somehow, that feels like the 49ers are still of the deal as winners. We’ve seen reports say that Kittle’s camp is in no hurry to get a deal done. He seems like the last player we need to worry about holding out. A deal will get done, and Kittle will be a 49er for the foreseeable future as he should be.

Onto some links:

Kittle honors Mullens’ birthday with well-endowed nickname (NBC Sports)

Updated 49ers draft needs after first wave of offseason moves (Madson)

Why free agency was good for Jimmy Garoppolo despite 49ers’ offensive losses (49ers Webzone)

Hoyer could see lengthiest starting time since 49ers stint (NBC Sports)

NFC West: Quick-take 2020 projection for 49ers, their rivals (Niners Noise)

Quarantine Randomness: A No. 1 WR for the 49ers, ol’ Draymond was incredible (Thompson)

DeSimone: Why Henry Ruggs may be the WR the 49ers are after (Fourth and Nine)