NFL rumors: George Kittle, 49ers nearing 'massive contract extension'

Marcus White
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George Kittle and the 49ers reportedly are approaching the finish line on a contract extension.

Kittle, 26, will become the NFL's highest-paid tight end "by far," NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver reported late Wednesday night.

Sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco earlier Wednesday that Kittle and the 49ers were making "healthier progress" on a contract extension that would make him the highest-paid player at his position. Kittle himself shot down a report from Sports Illustrated's Grant Cohn that the tight end would sign a six-year extension worth nearly $95 million on Friday.

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Since joining the 49ers in 2017, Kittle ranks third among NFL tight ends in receptions (216) and second in receiving yards (2,945). He set the single-season mark for receiving yards by a tight end in 2018 (1,377), and his two seasons with 1,000-plus receiving yards are the only ones by a tight end in 49ers history.

The 49ers drafted Kittle in the fifth round (No. 146 overall) in 2017, and he's entering the last year of his rookie contract, which will pay him $2.133 million. He's in line for a lot more when he officially puts pen to paper.

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NFL rumors: George Kittle, 49ers nearing 'massive contract extension' originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area