George Kittle Agrees to Contract Extension with 49ers

Grant Cohn

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.

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Comments (12)
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bbruneauca
bbruneauca

Grant better put that bottle in storage for a year or two (should make it even tastier) because you will have the last laugh. As Lynch said they needed a sweet spot deal for now, and this is it. But expect in two years, after more Pro Bowls, for his contract to be renegotiated up to your original estimate, or possibly more, and Jack the agent will win all over the place. Be kind and give your dad a glass when this comes true.

IslandguyJ49er
IslandguyJ49er

So what bottle of wine are you buying pops?

Aje806tx49
Aje806tx49

They call the 49ers cheap and somehow we’re up against the Cap ...hmm

MrTeebs
MrTeebs

Do quality journalists generally give themselves this much credit for getting a scoop. This after weeks of prognosticating that it won't happen before the season? Wasn't daddy's congrats enough? Have some humility.

Footballfan55
Footballfan55

Love that PFT was the first to report it.

Aje806tx49
Aje806tx49

This is a good deal for the 49ers remember Grant a while back you and some other writers were saying Kittle would get 17 to 20 mil and it wasn’t even close and you were way off on the guaranteed money so at least admit that but I’m just glad they got something done and for those writers like you that called the 49ers cheap your all obviously clueless

Unca Charlie
Unca Charlie

5 years, not 6. $75 mill, not $94, $30 million guaranteed, not $47 million. $15 mill, not $16 mill. I see you are up to your usual standards of posting uninformed clickbait.

Yep, nailed it! Les Nessman would be proud. Glad to see Kittle punk your ass yesterday as well.

Daniners
Daniners

Dude, ppl need to stop saying these aren't good deals. It's absurd. All these ppl are making multi-millions of dollars to play a sport. It's a great deal. It's a win-win for the team and player. That's how deals should always be negotiated. I negotiate million dollar deals all the time and if only one side wins, not a good deal. You don't want either feeling like they didn't come out well-situated.

Bmonus
Bmonus

Also Grant, I have been following you for years and it has been impressive how you have consistently gotten worse at your job. Sports reporting just is not your calling, but I honestly do feel like you would make a solid political pundit. Think about it.

Bmonus
Bmonus

Since when does getting the year and money numbers wrong mean you got the scoop? You jumped the gun and got the details wrong. Do better please.

UncleSalty
UncleSalty

Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back.


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