George Kittle is trying to get paid.
His agent isn’t paying attention to the market for tight ends during contract negotiations with the San Francisco 49ers. Jack Bechta spoke with NFL Network’s Michael Silver and boldly stated that he is trying to get a deal that will go beyond making Kittle the league’s highest-paid tight end:
“I don’t care about the tight end market. I’m being paid to do a George Kittle deal.”
It was back in 2012 when Rob Gronkowski set the record for largest total contract by a tight end, which was a six-year, $54 million extension with the New England Patriots.
Just this offseason, Austin Hooper signed the largest contract for a tight end: four years, $42 million with the Cleveland Browns
Kittle is set to make $735,000 in 2020 on the final year of his rookie contract.
Kittle caught 85 passes for 1053 yards and five touchdowns last season in 14 games. His 75.2 yards per game was second best among tight ends last season.