In the days and hours before the biggest game of the 49ers season — the biggest game of any team’s season — they have been working on chasing next year’s Super Bowl, too.
That means keeping this team together, always a difficult ask for any team in the cap-strapped NFL. But San Francisco reportedly is working toward a George Kittle extension, trying to keep the front office stabile and coaching staff intact.
First, Kittle, the all-world tight end who would be entering the final season of his four-year rookie contract next season. After an 85-catch, 1,053-yard season for the 26-year-old, in which he’s also shined in the running game, the 49ers don’t want him to enter next year without a new deal. They’re working fast.
“The Niners are going to make this a priority and try to get an extension done with Kittle quickly,” NFL Network reported Sunday, before Super Bowl LIV. That could mean in the hours after the game, the tight end may have a new pact.
The people who are in charge of dispersing those deals should be staying, too. GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan are in line for extensions sometime this offseason, NFL Network reported.
The duo were brought in together with matching six-year deals, which looked questionable — especially for Lynch, then an analyst — at the time. They appear to have proven themselves this season, and three years after their hires, they should be better compensated and more secure in San Francisco.
Finally, the 49ers won another battle against the Packers, this one off the field. According to ESPN, passing coordinator Mike LaFleur will be remaining with the team despite an expiring contract and obvious interest from Green Bay, where his brother Matt is head coach. According to the report, Mike signed an extension with the 49ers, and Jimmy Garoppolo’s coach will remain on staff.