George Kittle's Agent Prepared to Be 'Very Patient' in 49ers' New Contract Talks

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2020

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti)
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George Kittle figures to receive a lucrative contract extension from the San Francisco 49ers, but the All-Pro tight end and his agent don't appear to be in a rush to get a deal done. 

Per The Athletic's Matt BarrowsJack Bechta, Kittle's agent, said he is prepared to be "very patient" getting a new contract for the 26-year-old. 

"He's the poster child of culture for that team, of the type of player they want on that team," Bechta said.

Kittle is entering the final season of his rookie contract with a $2.144 million base salary in 2020, per Spotrac

The expectation is this offseason will reset the market for tight end contracts with Kittle, Philadelphia Eagles star Zach Ertz and free agent Austin Hooper likely to receive lucrative new deals. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported in December that trio of tight ends "will redefine the value of NFL tight ends, and the position is about to see a major bump in the salaries paid to them."

Per Over the Cap, among current tight end deals, Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs currently has the largest total value at $46.8 million. Trey Burton of the Chicago Bears has the most total guaranteed money ($22 million). 

Jimmy Graham of the Green Bay Packers has the highest average annual salary at $10 million.  

San Francisco had a breakout year in 2019 with a 13-3 record and an appearance in Super Bowl LIV. Kittle is arguably the team's best all-around player because of his receiving and blocking skills. 

A fifth-round draft pick by the 49ers in 2017, Kittle has far outplayed his first contract. He has recorded more than 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons, including a tight-end record 1,377 yards in 2018. 

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