A 40-ish p.c improve within the sum of money NFL groups pay high tight ends in 2020 would make no sense as an funding for the 49ers if George Kittle have been like different high tight ends. He’s not.
Thus, arguably essentially the most impactful offensive participant in San Francisco is now the highest-paid tight finish in NFL historical past.
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The contract extension to which the 49ers and Kittle agreed Thursday was months within the making and felt like a foregone conclusion after the 26-year-old helped the group attain Tremendous Bowl 54 on the power of his first All-Professional season. The COVID-19 pandemic created a little bit of a delay in negotiations, however the result’s a deal that advantages each Kittle and the 49ers for the brief and long run.
Under are the small print of Kittle’s file contract with San Francisco and why this specific tight finish is price a lot. (Figures through a number of media experiences.)
George Kittle contract particulars with 49ers
Years: 5Whole worth: $75 millionCommon per 12 months: $15 millionWhole assured: $40 millionAssured at signing: $30 million
The determine that issues most in Kittle’s contract is the $30 million assured at signing, which incorporates an $18 million signing bonus. He’ll earn at least that from the 49ers whereas enjoying on this deal, an enormous elevate after he earned a complete of $1.96 million on his rookie contract over the previous three seasons mixed.
At $15 million per 12 months in new cash, Kittle’s contract resets the marketplace for tight ends, because the beforehand highest-paid participant on the place was Hunter Henry. The Chargers tight finish will earn $10.6 million on the franchise tag this season. As for non-tag offers for tight ends, Austin Hooper’s four-year contract with the Browns pays him $10.5 million per 12 months, and Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce will get paid $9.368 million per 12 months. (The latter seemingly will get a elevate quickly.)
As for the $40 million assured in Kittle’s contract, it is an absurd $17 million greater than the earlier excessive for a good finish, which was Hooper’s $23 million from Cleveland. The $30 million assured at signing is also an enormous soar from the earlier excessive that was the $19.eight million the Lions gave then-rookie T.J. Hockenson final 12 months.
The brand new cash in Kittle’s contract extension makes him the 57th highest-paid participant within the NFL when it comes to common annual wage, tied with Cowboys operating again Ezekiel Elliott at $15 million per 12 months. Which helps the concept tight ends in 2020 are undervalued contemplating that NFL gamers just lately voted Kittle the seventh-best participant within the league no matter place.
As famous by ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the 41 p.c improve from Henry’s wage to Kittle’s new common wage can be like “a large receiver getting $31 million a 12 months, a operating again getting $22.5 million a 12 months and a quarterback getting $63 million a 12 months.” Understand that Patrick Mahomes’ new contract with the Chiefs can pay him “simply” $45 million per 12 months.
And but the query of whether or not Kittle is price that type of elevate was a no brainer for the 49ers.
“I believe we do not have to say how necessary George is to us, and never solely as being the most effective tight finish to me within the league, but additionally the kind of individual he’s,” San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan informed reporters earlier this month when requested about what he thought of an inevitable extension. However Kittle being the most effective tight finish within the NFL is barely a part of his case to earn unprecedented compensation.
NFL analysis on Thursday cited some numbers from Subsequent Gen Stats that completely show Kittle’s worth to the 49ers, who led the NFC in dashing yards final season whereas main your complete NFL with 23 dashing touchdowns. (And that was earlier than they posted an absurd 186 and 285 dashing yards within the playoffs in opposition to the Vikings and Packers, respectively, on their approach to the Tremendous Bowl.)
San Francisco final season rushed for five.zero yards per carry with Kittle on the sector. That quantity dropped to three.5 yards per carry when Kittle was off the sector.
Extra proof of Kittle’s blocking prowess, through ESPN: “In two video games with out him in 2019, the 49ers averaged 2.63 yards per carry and 60.5 dashing yards with no touchdowns on the bottom. Within the 14 video games he performed, the Niners averaged four.83 yards per carry and 156 dashing yards per sport with 23 dashing touchdowns.”
Oh, and Kittle surpassed Mike Ditka and Rob Gronkowski for essentially the most receiving yards ever by a good finish by means of his first three NFL seasons, a complete of two,945 since he was chosen within the fifth (!) spherical of the 2017 NFL Draft. No tight finish has ever completed a season with extra receiving yards than Kittle’s 1,377 in 2018.
Kittle’s manufacturing at his place — and the simple impression he has on a Tremendous Bowl-caliber group — is unprecedented. So in fact the 49ers gave him a contract to match.