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49ers and George Kittle agree to a five-year, $75 million extension

Kittle gets an $18 million signing bonus and $40 million guaranteed for injury

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NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the San Francisco 49ers and George Kittle have agreed to a five-year extension for $75 million.

$30 million of Kittle’s deal is fully guaranteed. The deal comes with an AAV of $15 million. In total, Kittle will have $40 million in guarantees. Kittle is now the highest-paid tight end in league history.

Kittle has more receiving yards than any tight end in NFL history through three seasons (2,945), the most catches by a tight through three seasons (219), the most receiving yards in a single season by a tight end ever (1,377) and he’s the best blocking tight end in football. So, yeah, he deserves this. I’m happy we could put this to bed, Kittle got paid, and we can get back to talking football. I’m also happy for Kittle.

The highest-paid tight end makes $10.5 million while the highest-paid wideout makes $22 million, so Kittle comes close to splitting the difference. $40 million is the same as Amari Cooper, and a million less than Odell Beckam Jr. Kittle has more guaranteed money than Michael Thomas, Tyreek Hill, Mike Evans, and DeAndre Hopkins. I’d imagine the guarantees were the hold-up.