The 49ers got the job done a little less than two weeks ago. Priority No. 1 this offseason was taking care of their star tight end, and they did just that when they signed George Kittle to a record-breaking five-year, $75 million contract extension.
On Tuesday, the parameters of Kittle's contract were added to Over the Cap. The Athletic's David Lombardi went into great detail of what the structure of Kittle's deal means for the 49ers.
Paraag Marathe, the President of 49ers Enterprises and Executive Vice President of Football Operations, is known to maneuver contracts that work in the 49ers' favor. While Kittle's contract easily makes him the highest paid tight end in the NFL, it's clear Marathe worked his magic yet again.
It first was reported Kittle's contract was worth $30 million guaranteed at signing, but it now seems that number actually is $23.6 million. The 49ers locking up Kittle for the long term always was a steal. Now that rings even more true.
As Lombardi also notes, Kittle's contract has over $8 million in potential carryover for salary-cap room. That's huge for a team that has a lot of big-time upcoming free agents.
Following the 2020 season, players like Trent Williams, Richard Sherman, K'Waun Williams, Jaquiski Tartt, Kendrick Bourne, Kyle Juszczyk and many other key players are set to hit the open market. The 49ers both made Kittle a happy man, and Marathe proved to be the real MVP once again.