The San Francisco 49ers practice today, and the media will finally be allowed to watch.
Let’s get to some links. ESPN’s Field Yates tweeted Jordan Reed’s contract details. He signed for the veteran minimum:
Terms on the one-year deals signed by Jordan Reed and Lamar Miller, who are each returning after missing 2019 due to injury:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 14, 2020
Reed: $1.05M base salary plus up to $750K in playing-time incentives
Miller: $1.05M base salary ($200K guaranteed) with $1.5M in achievable incentives.
Currently, Kittle’s $18 million signing bonus is the only firmly identified portion of fully guaranteed money.
The contract’s cash flow — how much money hits the salary cap in any given year — will be interesting since it’ll a provide a glimpse into how the 49ers are approaching the NFL’s murky financial future.
The 49ers had about $12 million in 2020 salary-cap space to work with throughout these negotiations. That means Kittle’s deal is certainly backloaded with large cap hits in later years. A key question: How much of the bill did the 49ers push even further back, past 2021?
That’s the season in which the salary cap might drop from its current $198.2 million to as low as $175 million because of revenue loss due to the pandemic. The 49ers already have about $171 million in commitments for 2021 — and that’s before Kittle’s new deal or potential extensions for pending free agents Trent Williams, Richard Sherman, Jaquiski Tartt, K’Waun Williams and D.J. Jones are factored into the equation.
“He’s earned it,” Shanahan said on KNBR, via NBCSportsBayArea.com. “He does everything the right way. It starts with how talented and good you play on Sunday, which he does better than any tight end in the league. But after that. The way the guy takes care of himself. The way he works year-round to put his body in a position to stay healthy with the way he plays. It makes you believe in the guy. It makes you believe in not what he has done but what he’s going to do. When you have a guy like that, it makes it a lot easier for the owner to commit to him like that. We were just pumped to get it done because it’s something we all were dying to get something like that done with a player like George, and thankfully we did.”
“With not much left at the position in terms of true playmaking ability, Aiyuk has seemingly become the next man up, and he stands to benefit a great deal with the uncertainty at the position. The 49ers ranked fifth in the NFL in receiving yards after the catch last season (2234),” explains Kremenjas. Meanwhile, Aiyuk ranked third in yards after the catch (710), first in receiving yards after contact (378) and fifth in yards after the catch per reception (10.9) among all college receivers with 50-plus targets. PFF’s fantasy projections expect a relatively quiet rookie season for Aiyuk, with his current ranking placing him at the WR81 spot.”
When the world’s best football player is willing to leave money on the table, it begins a trend. (Sidenote: It’s easy to “leave money” when what’s being taken off that table is nearly half a billion dollars).
Not only did Mahomes ink a decade-long extension that will likely have him looking underpaid in a few years, he was vocal about the fact that he’d left money on the table so the Chiefs could keep a great team around him.
The top NFL player on the planet set the course: Let’s all give up a little to build a dynasty.
His teammates have followed suit.
Now the Chiefs have a corps of star players under contract that could rule the AFC for years to come.
San Francisco 49ers star offensive lineman Trent Williams posted video on his IG story which appears to show him in the driver’s seat pushing 125 MPH in a super-expensive Ferrari ... and it’s concerning, to say the least. The video is shot by the driver as the speedometer ticks upward from the 90s into a top speed of 125 — and you can see the whip racing by other vehicles on the Freeway.
Obviously, the driver is smashing speed limits and endangering other drivers — all while Lil Durk’s “Fabricated” blasts in the background.
We reached out to Williams for comment but haven’t heard back yet.