The San Francisco 49ers made George Kittle a very, very, very rich man on Thursday…and rightfully so.
Kittle is now the highest paid tight end in NFL history after inking a five-year extension worth $75 million. The deal includes $30 million guaranteed at signing and $40 million guaranteed overall.
The Iowa Buckeye’s new contract tops Cleveland’s Austin Hooper as the league’s highest paid tight end. Hooper signed a four-year deal worth $42 million last March.
The four-year pro is entering the final year of his rookie contract and helping the 49ers reach Super Bowl LIV last February. The Pro Bowl tight end has caught 173 passes combined over the past two seasons. Last year, he hauled in 85 passes for 1,057 yards along with five touchdown receptions.
Interestingly enough, the tight end that opposed Kittle in the Super Bowl also had a big financial day as well. Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce signed a four-year deal worth an estimated $57 million.
Kittle, who reported to training camp and opted not to hold out, has been negotiating with 49ers throughout the summer. Now, his pot of gold has arrived.