NFL Football Lines Between Niners And Kittle Pretty Crooked At This Point
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
George Kittle and the San Francisco 49ers are reportedly far apart as far as a new contract is concerned. The 26-year-old tight end is in the final year of his four-year contract that he signed as a fifth-round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He is due to make $2.133 million this season and is expecting more moving forward. NFL football lines are a bit cloudy at this point. Kittle wants to be paid like a top receiver which is undeniable. However, he also wants to be considered as an offensive tackle, a position that earns significantly more.
There is where the disconnect seems to be stemming from. The Niners consider George Kittle as a tight end but the 26-year-old feels he has done more than just that. In short, he wants higher pay, albeit referring to the offensive tackle paygrade.
NFL football lines are drawn for Kittle
For now, Kittle is reportedly unhappy with the $2.133 million he will get. He was expecting more and that could come next NFL season. Of course, Kittle can always opt to sit out and take that $150,000 check due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while he is not seeing action, talks could be held about his new deal. But given that he is one of the leaders of the 49ers, seeing him pass up the chance to play is pretty unlikely.
Looking ahead, there is no denying George Kittle has earned his due. He could reset the tight end market if he were to get paid somewhere around the $13 million mark. At the moment, Austin Hooper of the Cleveland Browns is the highest-paid tight end, earning $10.5 million a year. Being a more versatile player, Kittle could easily surpass that. But the reason for this is he is not just a tight end. This is the reason why he wants to be viewed differently during negotiations. At any rate, a fair estimate on what Kittle may want is roughly around $64 million, something that Christian McCaffrey is earning. He will be paid $16 million annually.
Given that Kittle is a valuable asset that San Francisco wants to keep, management needs to figure out how to address it. If they are unable to come up with an acceptable offer, there is a chance that the 49ers may go the franchise tag rout. They could tag him at about $11 million next season,
$13 million in 2022, and $16 million in 2023. Based on the figures given, this is something San Francisco may not want to do. Hence, the Niners top office may want to work on the contract for Kittle as early as now.
So far, the Niners have resolved other contract issues. This includes handing Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch extensions which both truly deserve. The pact of Raheem Mostert has been reworked, preventing him from possibly being traded. There is no telling when George Kittle will get him but the 26-year-old seems to be ready to wait. This is assuming he will get the proper numbers. Since he can play either as a tight end or a defensive tackle, both sides may be in for a long negotiation spell.