The San Francisco 49ers know the looming extension for tight end George Kittle needs to get done sooner rather than later, and their reported offer to him could be a record-breaker.
Per an NBC Sports report, Kittle is expected to make anywhere from $12.5 to $15 million in his new contract, which would make him the highest-paid tight end in the league.
Only four tight ends (Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce, Hunter Henry and Rob Gronkowski) will account for a cap hit north of $10 million this year, with Ertz's $12.4 million the current number to beat.
A former fifth-round pick put of Iowa, Kittle has quickly become and elite blocker and receiver for Kyle Shanahan. The All-Pro is consistently graded as one of the best run blockers in the league, and he set records for receiving yards by a tight end in a single season with 1,377 yards as well as yards by a tight end in their first three seasons with 2,945.
Yeah, he deserves a nice chunk of change in his new deal.
Kittle is integral to the 49ers offense, as he has proven to be their best offensive player by a wide margin. John Lynch needs to give Kittle a blank check when it comes time to get a new deal done.