UPDATE 11:13 a.m.: Kittle’s agent confirmed the deal with 49ers reporter Matt Maiocco. It includes $30 million fully guaranteed and another $10 million in partial guarantees.
George Kittle's deal with the #49ers, confirmed by agent @jackbechta, is five years, $75 million with a signing bonus of $18M. It includes $30M guaranteed at signing and $40 million in total guarantees.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) August 13, 2020
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle won’t play the final deal on his rookie contract, but instead, has signed a lucrative five-year deal worth up to $75 million, per reporter Ian Rapoport. Kittle has quickly become one of, if not the best, tight ends in the league and now he’ll be paid the most any tight end has ever been paid. Rapoport and Mike Silver are reporting more than half of it includes “guarantees,” although there is no word yet on how much is fully guaranteed.
UPDATE: Ian Rapoport is reporting Kittle received an $18 million signing bonus.
After a good rookie season, where he caught 43 passes for 515 yards and two touchdowns, Kittle went off in year two. He caught 88 passes for an NFL record 1,377 yards and five touchdowns. Then he backed that breakout year with 85 receptions for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns along with a trip to the Super Bowl last season.
Kittle has shown himself to be one of the better blockers in the league to go along with his offensive prowess. His physicality makes him a menace to take down in the open field as well. Last season Kittle played from November through the Super Bowl with a broken bone in his ankle and he still had the best tight end grade over at Pro Football Focus.
There isn’t much Kittle needs to improve upon and locking his kind of talent down for the peak of his career is a great move for the 49ers. We can expect Kittle to continue to sit atop the tight end mountain for a long time to come.