George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

49ers make George Kittle highest-paid tight end in the NFL

After some speculation about a new contract extension potentially being done, the San Francisco 49ers made it official on Thursday. Superstar tight end George Kittle is now officially the highest-paid player at his position in the NFL, according to Nick Wagoner of  ESPN.

The San Francisco 49ers are making George Kittle the highest-paid tight end in NFL history. By a lot.

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The Niners and Kittle agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract on Thursday, league sources confirmed to ESPN.

The 49ers are making Kittle a very rich man after his third season with the team. Head coach Kyle Shanahan reacted to the news. Shanahan believes that Kittle has earned the right to be the highest-paid tight end, via ESPN.

“He’s earned it. He does everything the right way. It starts with how talented and good you play on Sunday. As I just said, he does that to me better than any tight end in the league. But then after that, the way the guy takes care of himself, the way he works year round to put his body in a position to stay healthy with the way he plays, it makes you believe in the guy. It makes you believe in not only what he has done but what he’s going to do. When you have a guy like that, I think it makes it a lot easier for the owner to commit to him like that.”

 

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Now that Kittle is taken care of, the 49ers can concentrate solely on getting ready for the upcoming 2020 NFL season. San Francisco is considered to be a title contender once again in the NFC heading into this year’s campaign and will be aiming to defend their NFC crown as well as the NFC West division title.

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