George Kittle Agrees to Contract Extension with 49ers
On Wednesday, hours before any outlet reported any updates about George Kittle's contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers, Sports Illustrated's All49ers reported the 49ers would announce a contract extension for Kittle on Friday.
Hours later, reports came out that Kittle and the 49ers were "making progress" toward an extension.
And Thursday morning, Mike Silver and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network learned the particulars of the deal: It’s a five-year deal worth $15 million per season, with $30 million guaranteed and a $18 million signing bonus.
The 49ers have not yet officially announced the deal, so stay tuned for that.
My source said it would be a six-year deal worth $15.8 million per season -- awfully close. The source also said 50 percent of Kittle’s deal would be guaranteed, but only 40 percent of it is. And the source said the signing bonus would be $25 million.
So my source’s numbers were slightly off, but not by much.
Here's what the source texted me Thursday morning: "Agent was worried about incentives and at the last minute changed to a five-year deal."
This is an extremely good deal for the 49ers, and not the best deal for Kittle. He should have pushed for more guaranteed money. He got less guaranteed than Arik Armstead, who isn’t even guaranteed to be a good player next year -- he’s had one good season in his entire career. Kittle has always been good and will continue to be good for quite some time. His agent, Jack Bechta, could have done better.