According to Garafolo, Kittle will “blow the lid off” the top of the tight end market, which is around $10 million per year. In fact, Garafolo says $13 million per season could end up being the floor for negotiations between the 49ers and Kittle.
The tight end market has not appreciated as much as other positions in recent years, but it sounds like all of this will change once Kittle is under contract long term.
Kittle, 26, is a former fifth-round pick of the 49ers out of Iowa back in 2017. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $2.69 million contract and made a base salary of $645,000 for the 2019 season.
Kittle will be entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2020 and stands to make a base salary of $735,000.
In 2019, Kittle appeared in 14 games for the 49ers and caught 85 passes for 1,053 yards receiving and five touchdowns.