SANTA CLARA -- Tight end George Kittle is scheduled to be the 49ers’ 31st highest-paid player for the 2020 season.
But, beginning now, both sides are allowed to do something about that.
Teams and players are first allowed to enter into talks to renegotiate the contracts of drafted players after three seasons. Kittle just completed his third season, during which he was selected as first-team All-Pro.
“I’ll let my agent handle all those questions,” Kittle said on Wednesday, as the 49ers held their final team meeting and cleared out their lockers, three days after the team's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.
Agent Jack Bechta, who represents Kittle, will undoubtedly have discussions at some point this offseason with 49ers chief negotiator Paraag Marathe. Kittle is scheduled make $2.147 million in 2020, which is the final year of his original four-year contract. He was a fifth-round draft pick in 2017.
Kittle appears to be in line to become the highest-paid tight end in the NFL, greatly surpassing the $10 million average annual pay of Jimmy Graham of the Green Bay Packers. Kittle is a top priority for the 49ers to sign to a long-term contract. On Wednesday, he was awarded the team's highest honor, the Len Eshmont Award.
Kittle said he plans to take a couple of weeks off before beginning his training for next season. He missed two games with injuries to his knee and ankle but said he feels good and will not need to undergo any procedures in the offseason to get his body ready.
“I take a couple of weeks off to let the body and the mind get back, as soon as those feel 100 percent, I’ll be rolling,” Kittle said.
“It was a great year to be healthy. Nothing that requires any surgeries. Rehab and get the body back to 100 percent. That’s it.”