Rapoport adds more than half of the deal is guaranteed, While the two sides are still finalizing the language, the overall framework is done.
Andrew Brandt reports Kittle is set to make $30 million guaranteed at signing for the first two years of the deal. $18 million of that figure will come via a signing bonus, per Rapoport. And there’s a total of $40 million guaranteed overall, per Adam Schefter.
Kittle’s new $15 million average salary dramatically resets the tight end market. Franchise-tagged Chargers TE Hunter Henry previously led the position at $10.6 million and the Browns signed TE Austin Hooper to a deal this offseason that averaged $10.5 million a year.
Negotiations began to heat up this week after previously stalling out and the two sides were finally able to get a deal done.
49ers GM John Lynch had remained steadfastly optimistic the two sides will be able to work something out to keep Kittle in San Francisco.
“I knew it might be tricky because of the position he plays & finding the right number,” Lynch said previously. “People should be encouraged we’ve had tremendous talks with his representative and we work real well together.”
Kittle, 26, is a former fifth-round pick of the 49ers out of Iowa back in 2017. He’s entering the final year of his four-year, $2.69 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $735,000 in 2020.
In 2019, Kittle appeared in 14 games for the 49ers and caught 85 passes for 1,053 yards receiving and five touchdowns.
We’ll have more on Kittle as the news is available.