With the new deal, Kittle becomes the highest paid tight end in NFL history, and it isn’t even close.
According to Barstool Sports, Kittle received $40 million guaranteed for injury and $30 million guaranteed at signing per the new contract.
“I think we don’t have to say how important George is to us and not only as being the best tight end to me in the league, but also the type of person he is,” 49ers head coach Mike Shanahan said earlier this month. “So, we’re doing everything we can to get that done. … I feel really good about this going forward and I feel very optimistic about it. Hopefully something will happen sooner than later. I’m not too concerned about it, though.”