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Lynch on Kittle: George is certainly a priority

The 49ers GM provided another update on the team’s start tight end

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San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle and his ongoing contract negotiations will continue to be a topic until a deal is done. Last week general manager John Lynch said the two sides “working hard” and “George isn’t going anywhere.” Lynch spoke to NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco recently about the topic:

“George is certainly a priority. I don’t anticipate – you never say never –, but George is going to be Niner. We think too highly of him. I think he loves the (environment). We got to find the right deal, and we’ll continue working towards that. We’re not going to put any timetable on that. But George is certainly is a priority for us. We love everything about him. We love everything he brings to the Niners.”

How could you not love Kittle? Works his butt off, shows up every day, gives it his all, and just so happens to be the best player in the NFL at his position. Lynch added, “These things aren’t easy. Oftentimes, they’re complex, but they’re doable. I know there’s motivation on both sides. And so I’m very confident in due time, we’ll get that done.” I know it can be worrisome with the longer this goes on. You have to factor in the current global pandemic and how that’s impacted the NFL. Once we have concrete dates for offseason activities, I’d assume that the contract talks really rev up and a deal gets done.

Kittle spoke highly of the 49ers organization and how he “was lucky to fall into the type of team” he was with.

“I have great guys on that team, and they just kind of helped me reach that level, and I kind of learned a lot from them. I was trying to be a sponge around Joe Staley as much as I could, and other vets. I think it just kind of all helped out.”

He’s not going anywhere.