Speaking to NFL Network's Michael Silver, Jack Bechta said he's trying to do 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."
Silver noted there's been "no movement" in talks since the two sides started discussions about a long-term extension in February.
Hunter Henry of the Los Angeles Chargers, who signed his one-year franchise tender in April, has the highest average annual salary at the position ($10.6 million). Austin Hooper's free-agent deal with the Cleveland Browns gave him the highest guarantee among tight ends ($23 million).
Kittle has established himself as one of the league's best players regardless of position over the past three seasons. He set an NFL record for most receiving yards by a tight end in a season with 1,377 in 2018. The 26-year-old was Pro Football Focus' highest-graded player (95.0) in 2019.
A fifth-round draft pick out of Iowa in 2017, Kittle has one more year remaining on his rookie contract. The two-time Pro Bowler will have a $2.1 million base salary next season.