Trent Taylor shades 49ers' front office over George Kittle contract talk

Trent Taylor shades 49ers' front office over George Kittle contract talk

The 49ers have doled out some big contract extensions this offseason for coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. They also reworked Raheem Mostert's contract to add incentives even after the running back made a public trade demand.

They have not, however, worked out a long-term extension for star tight end George Kittle. The 49ers and Kittle reportedly are not close on any part of the negotiations and there are a number of factors that could keep them from finding level ground sometime soon.

Receiver Trent Taylor, however, wants to see the 49ers pay his teammate what he deserves. The slot receiver took to Twitter to shade the front office after the Kittle was voted as the No. 7 player in the NFL 100 (voted on by current players).

Taylor assured fans it's mostly all in good fun and support of his teammate.

Kittle currently is entering the final year of a four-year contract he signed a fifth-round pick in 2017. Kittle is set to make $2.133 million this season after making $1.96 million combined over his first three seasons.

The negotiations could go on for some time as Kittle wants to be paid like a top receiver which would have him settle in at around $18 million annually, while the 49ers likely would want to pay him as a tight end, which would lower the annual value to around $13 million. Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper currently is the highest-paid tight end on a multi-year deal, raking in $10.5 million annually.

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The 49ers also have the system on their side. Thanks to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, Kittle would be hit with heavy financial penalties if he chose to holdout during camp. That's also not something that interests the tight end who values his standing as a leader on the 49ers above all else.

The 49ers also have the franchise tag on their side. Kittle likely wants a contract in the four-year, $60 million range, like the one given to Christian McCaffrey who is valuable at multiple positions much like Kittle. The 49ers could tag Kittle after this season and pay him only $11 million. They could then tag him again and pay him around $13 million and then tag him a third time for a cost of only $16 million, which give Kittle about $40 million over three years.

Now, the 49ers are unlikely to do that because it would sour the relationship with their best player, but the point is they do have some leverage with the system on their side.

Kittle deserves to be paid like one of the best players in the NFL. The 49ers will pay him, but it remains to be seen if those numbers will be to Kittle or Taylor's liking.

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49ers' Nick Bosa says benefits of healthy offseason will show on field

49ers' Nick Bosa says benefits of healthy offseason will show on field

Nick Bosa was voted the best rookie in the NFL last season.

The 49ers’ defensive end is approaching the 2020 season with even-bigger expectations for himself.

“I’ve got some pretty concrete things that I’ve been focusing on,” said Bosa, the consensus NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and chosen as the overall Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Bosa registered nine sacks during the regular season with a total of 80 quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. He added four more sacks in three postseason games.

Bosa came to the NFL with a reputation as an advanced technician. This season, he believes he will be better prepared mentally to become more of a down-to-down force.

”Last year, I didn’t really know what was going to work and what wasn’t and what was my go-to,” he said. “So just coming into games with a better plan of not wasting any time out there because you only get so many opportunities and you want to get those big numbers and help your team as best as you can and get the ball out. You have to come in with a plan and not waste any rushes.”

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Bosa said he has spent the past six months working on a couple of new pass-rush moves. Even before the draft last year, Bosa spoke about a cross-chop move that Aaron Donald has perfected on his way to becoming arguably the league’s best defensive player. Bosa has also been considering adding a spin move to his arsenal.

Bosa said he also has worked on making better use of his hands to ward off pass-blockers and get to the quarterback more effectively.

“I win a lot at the top of my rush, but a lot of the times I get washed by the quarterback or I don’t pose enough space and finish the plays, so that’s probably been the biggest emphasis for me,” he said. “And I’ve been working that in walk-throughs and drills all (off)-season.”

Bosa faced a number of obstacles as he prepared for his rookie season a year ago. He underwent core-muscle surgery that ended his final season at Ohio State after three games. Bosa spent months rehabbing and traveling the country to meet with teams during the pre-draft process.

After the 49ers selected Bosa with the No. 2 overall draft pick, a hamstring strain during the offseason program sidelined him until training camp. Then, early in camp he sustained a high-ankle sprain that kept him out until Week 1 of the regular season.

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While the 49ers and the rest of the NFL canceled on-field work this spring, Bosa trained daily with his brother, Joey, and he believes he enters his second season much better prepared than a year ago.

“I think I’ve gotten all of the benefits and I’m feeling it out here in these workouts, in these runs we’re doing,” he said. “I feel like I’m, by far, in the best shape that I’ve ever been. I don’t look much different because we don’t train to body-build. We train to play football, and I think it’ll show.”

49ers' Nick Bosa 'not going to blame ref' for big Super Bowl no-call

49ers' Nick Bosa 'not going to blame ref' for big Super Bowl no-call


Three words that will forever be linked to the 49ers’ inability to close the door on the Kansas City Chiefs in the middle of the fourth quarter of their Super Bowl LIV loss at Hard Rock Stadium.

Third-and-15 conjures up a bunch of “what-if” scenarios. The 49ers led by 10 points. They'd lose the game by 11. That play on third-and-15 gave the Chiefs a chance.

It took a while for Tyreek Hill’s downfield route to develop. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes needed time in order for Hill to fool 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Moseley into believing his destination was the deep middle of the field. Mahomes had just enough time to allow Hill time to break his route back outside.

What happened at the beginning of the play made the 44-yard pass completion possible. Rookie defensive end Nick Bosa appeared to beat Kansas City left tackle Eric Fisher with an inside move. But Fisher steered Bosa clear of Mahomes with his right arm wrapped around Bosa’s right ribcage.

Months later, does Bosa believe he was held on the play?

“I’ve gotten that question a bunch,” he said with a laugh during a video call with Bay Area reporters.

“I don’t like thinking about that game very much, but I have gone back and watched up until the fourth quarter and, um, was I held? I mean, it comes down to the opinion of a human being. So that’s what refs are. They’re human beings. So if they think it’s holding, they think it’s holding. It could’ve been holding. It could’ve not been holding. It just depends on what he thinks.”

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Referee Bill Vinovich did not reach for his flag, and the play stood.

Bosa did not have a chance after Fisher got his arm around him. Meanwhile, defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, who lined up inside of Bosa, was a split-second late in getting to Mahomes.

“I’m not going to say that’s the reason we lost the game because there were plenty of opportunities where I could’ve done better,” Bosa said of the no-call. “I could’ve done better on that move on third and 15. I’m sure Buck is kicking himself. He thinks he could’ve done better on the wrap and gotten there a little quicker. I’m not going to blame the ref, by any means.”

Buckner is now with the Indianapolis Colts after the 49ers traded him for a first-round draft pick that was used to select his replacement, Javon Kinlaw. Buckner is the only defensive starter who does not return for the 49ers this season.

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All the holdovers will use third-and-15 as “good motivation,” said Bosa. After all, his rookie season fell just short of the ultimate prize.

“First year, you get there and you’re seven minutes away and a nightmare of a situation happens,” Bosa said. “So you could bet we’re going to come back pretty strong this year if we’re able to get 16 games in and the playoffs.”