49ers ‘very close’ to ‘massive’ contract extension with George Kittle [report]


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It’s almost here folks. After some substantial concern over the 49ers’ methodical approach to handling contract extensions, it appears George Kittle is nearing a well-deserved payday. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver, the extension is “very close” to being done.

Per Rapoport, the 26-year-old Kittle, as you would expect, will be made the league’s top-paid tight end by a substantial margin. The remaining issues are described as a “a few small hurdles.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Sports Illustrated’s Grant Cohn reported that a Kittle deal would be done on Friday, specifying the amounts and guarantee numbers, writing that, per a source, the 49ers and Kittle had agreed to a six-year extension worth $94.8 million — or $15.8 million per season — with 50 percent of the deal guaranteed and $25 million in the form of a signing bonus.

Kittle himself chimed in on Twitter later on Wednesday, seemingly to discredit Cohn’s report. Rapoport and Silver have yet to describe the details of the contract.




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