Just another day in 49ers’ Twitter, right?
According to the source, it will be a six-year extension worth $94.8 million — or $15.8 million per season. Of that money, the 49ers guaranteed 50 percent of it, or $47.4 million. Kittle also will receive a $25 million signing bonus, and the 49ers will structure his deal in such a way that he will cost them only $10 million of their salary cap space in 2021.
Meaning Kittle technically would earn less money annually than Arik Armstead and Dee Ford, who earn $17 million and $17.1 million per season, respectively. But Kittle would receive more guaranteed money than any player on the 49ers except for Jimmy Garoppolo, who received $48.7 million fully guaranteed from the 49ers in 2017.
Kittle, his wife, and his wife’s mom all had something to say in response to Grant’s info:
Y’all believe everything you read on the internet huh https://t.co/2TcAdjKjN5— George Kittle (@gkittle46) August 12, 2020
NFL Network’s Mike Silver said that both sides are making progress:
In reference to the @grantcohn report: I'm told the 49ers and George Kittle are 'making progress' on a lucrative contract extension... which means the emoji may be obsolete. He's on track to be the highest-paid TE in league history, by far.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) August 12, 2020
Matt Maiocco doubled down Wednesday afternoon with sources of his own saying the two sides appear to be making “healthier progress” towards a deal.
Cohn still could be right, and I wouldn’t rule that out. A deal isn’t done yet, but based on Silver and Maiocco’s reports, it appears that a deal could be done sooner than later.