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49ers' George Kittle, Joe Staley know how handsome Jimmy Garoppolo is

49ers' George Kittle, Joe Staley know how handsome Jimmy Garoppolo is

If you've got two working eyes, it's impossible not to see that Jimmy Garoppolo is what the dictionary would define as handsome.

Hey, if you don't want to take my word for it, just listen to George Kittle and Joe Staley.

The 49ers star tight end got caught by the NFL Films cameras joking around with the injured offensive tackle prior to San Francisco's 20-7 win over the Rams in Week 6. Kittle and Staley put on their best Canadian accents and gushed about Garoppolo's chin.

Oh, dontcha know the 49ers quarterback has the looks and the talent?

Kittle even kept the Canadian bit going on Twitter.

[RELATED: Sherman wants 49ers doubters to keep hating]

Kittle, Garoppolo's chin and the 49ers now are 5-0 after their dominating win over the Rams, and appear to be among the NFL's elite teams.

Dontcha know?

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49ers inactives: Richard Sherman, Dee Ford officially out vs. Falcons

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49ers inactives: Richard Sherman, Dee Ford officially out vs. Falcons

There were no surprises on the 49ers' inactive list for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, but San Francisco's tall task on defense is now official. 

Cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Jacquiski Tartt and edge rusher Dee Ford are among the players who will not play Sunday at Levi's Stadium.

Coach Kyle Shanahan ruled out each of the inactive defensive players Friday, so the 49ers are prepared for their absences against the Falcons. Still, Sherman, Tartt and Williams have each played on at least 62 percent of the defensive snaps, practically giving the 49ers' defensive backfield an entirely new look. 

[RELATED: Kittle reportedly in line to reset tight end contract market]

San Francisco can clinch a playoff spot without those aforementioned regulars by beating Atlanta on Sunday. It'll just have to look a bit different than the first 13 games of the season. 

NFL rumors: 49ers' George Kittle expected to reset tight end contract market

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NFL rumors: 49ers' George Kittle expected to reset tight end contract market

George Kittle, entering the final season of his four-year rookie contract, is in line for a big payday when he eventually signs a contract extension with the 49ers. But the tight end reportedly is one of a handful of players expected to reset the market at the positon this offseason. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that "[multiple] sources around the [NFL]" think Kittle, Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper (a pending free agent) and Philadelphia Eagles star Zach Ertz (one year, $6.4 million left on his contract) are set to "redefine the value" of tight ends with big paydays this summer. 

Kittle set the NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end last year, and he leads the 49ers with 60 receptions for 754 yards this season. He is in the top five among tight ends in both categories, despite missing two games with -- and subsequently playing through -- a serious ankle injury. 

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph ($9.35 million) was the highest-paid player at the position not on a rookie deal this season, and Kittle's reported likelihood to set precedent for tight ends drives home the 49ers' financial realities this offseason. DeForest Buckner also is eligible for an extension, while breakout defensive tackle Arik Armstead is eligible for free agency. 

[RELATED: NFL coach still not sold on 49ers' Jimmy G in long term]

Over The Cap projects the 49ers having just over $24 million in salary-cap space next season, which would make it difficult to extend all three players, especially if the final year of Kittle's -- and/or Buckner's -- deal is restructured. The 49ers can free up space by cutting players such as running back Jerick McKinnon and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, and NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco wrote Saturday that he can't see McKinnon playing on his 49ers deal as is in 2020 or Goodwin playing for San Francisco at all. 

The 49ers likely will prioritize re-signing Kittle and Buckner. Based on Kittle's career and Schefter's reporting, they know the tight end won't come cheap.