49ers, Kittle agree to richest TE deal in NFL history

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed one of their key pieces of their offensive attack. The team has signed tight end George Kittle

He signed a five-year extension that kicks in with the 2021 season. Kittle was set to become a free agent at the end of the season.

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle reacts to a play against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV
George Kittle reacts to a play against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV (Getty Images)

With this extension, he’s getting paid $75 million over five seasons. He’ll receive $40 million in case of an injury and has $30 million guaranteed into his contract. 

Related: Report: 49ers’ Kittle played last two seasons with torn labrum

With this new extension, Kittle will average $15 million per season. 

This deal has reset the tight end market. In March, the Cleveland Browns signed Austin Hooper to a four-year, $42 million contract. 

The $30 million at signing is more than $12 million more than what Hooper received when he signed with the Browns. 

Kittle will be the highest paid tight end in the league in 2021 when his new deal kicks in. Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski is the highest paid tight end for the 2020 season at $12 million.

Related: 2019 San Francisco 49ers Season In Review

For the 2020 season, Kittle will play out his rookie contract. He’s the 77th highest paid tight end in the league for the upcoming season..

Kittle is slated to make $2.69 million for the 2020 season in a base salary.

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