George Kittle to Sign Extension with 49ers on Friday

Grant Cohn

Take this for what it’s worth.

A well-placed source who has been correct in the past just texted me this: The 49ers will announce George Kittle’s contract extension this Friday.

According to the source, it will be a six-year extension worth $94.8 million -- or $15.8 million per season. Of that money, the 49ers guaranteed 50 percent of it, or $47.4 million. Kittle also will receive a $25 million signing bonus, and the 49ers will structure his deal in such a way that he will cost them only $10 million of their salary cap space in 2021.

Meaning Kittle technically would earn less money annually than Arik Armstead and Dee Ford, who earn $17 million and $17.1 million per season, respectively. But Kittle would receive more guaranteed money than any player on the 49ers except for Jimmy Garoppolo, who received $48.7 million fully guaranteed from the 49ers in 2017.

This seems like a fair deal for both the 49ers and Kittle. The 49ers don’t have to pay Kittle $17 million per season, which is wide-receiver money. They get a discount because he’s a tight end. But Kittle gets lots of guaranteed money and security because he has earned it. He’s one of the best players in the league, he’s a team captain and the face of the franchise.

During three seasons in the NFL, Kittle has caught 216 passes, gained 2,977 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. His peers recently voted him the seventh-best player in the league, according to the NFL Network. And now, if my source is correct, it appears Kittle will be on the 49ers through 2026.

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Comments (12)
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Aje806tx49
Aje806tx49

These writers say the 49ers are cheap but somehow we’re up against the Cap ...hmm

Unca Charlie
Unca Charlie

I see SI just hires the local hacks to write for them.

Wrong again, Grant. Glad to see George shoot down your clickbait yesterday.

mosique2003
mosique2003

Once again. Grant Cohn proves, he don't know shit. Grant, please dude, stop trying to report breaking news, and just comment on after the fact stuff. Speak only on what you know because clearly your assumptions are ass backwards. So tired of your inaccuracies. Just stop!!!!!!

Niner4life41
Niner4life41

I was expecting Kittle to get anywhere from 14 to 16 million a year. Not the 20 million a year that some writers were saying Kittle will be demanding. I think 15 million a year is about right.

Aje806tx49
Aje806tx49

Grant was right Kittle is getting signed! GO NINERS!!!

Mitchell Alan
Mitchell Alan

Thank god Grant's pinned tweet is finally gone. THAT was boring. And stagnant.

SteveLD
SteveLD

I hope this is right. This is what I figured would happen -- Kittle getting a great, record tight end deal, but not Julio Jones money. It's smart for the 49ers, and it's smart for him, too, because if the 49ers decided to play hard ball he'd have no leverage. It's going to be great for the team because Kittle is amazing.

Budman51
Budman51

49ers’ just keep on winning.

bnez22
bnez22

Quote from George Kittle - "you can't believe everything you read on the internet".......comments grant?

Spyder2Y
Spyder2Y

SCOOOOPPP

Boise49erfan
Boise49erfan

I love that we are locking up our best offensive player for 6 additional years, and that the extension will only cost the 49ers $10 million in 2021 cap space. Win-win, too.


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