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49ers don't expect players to opt out of NFL season, John Lynch says

49ers don't expect players to opt out of NFL season, John Lynch says

Through Monday, 50 players from 25 different teams have chosen to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 49ers have not had any players opt-out, nor does 49ers general manager John Lynch expect any players to pass on this season, he said on Monday. The league-wide opt-out deadline is expected to be Thursday at 1 p.m. PT, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday.

“We always feel like communication with your players is the best opportunity for success in every situation,” Lynch said. “But none of our players have intimated that is an option they’ll be exercising.”

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The New England Patriots lead the NFL with eight players choosing to opt-out of the 2020 season.

The NFL Network reported that high-risk players who opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend. Voluntary opt-outs for non-high-risk players will receive a $150,000 salary advance.

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Kyle Shanahan optimistic 49ers, George Kittle will get contract done

Kyle Shanahan optimistic 49ers, George Kittle will get contract done

General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan finally had a chance to see and talk with 49ers All-Pro tight end George Kittle in person on Monday.

After the 49ers’ veterans passed coronavirus (COVID-19) testing over the past five days, players were allowed to come into the team's headquarters in Santa Clara and have socially distanced communication with other members of the organization.

Kittle is in Santa Clara despite not coming to terms with a new long-time contract. Both sides recognize the importance of getting a new deal for Kittle, who is scheduled to make $2.133 million in the final year of his original four-year contract.

“We’re working diligently to come to a resolution,” Lynch said of the team’s negotiations with Kittle’s agent, Jack Bechta.

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Lynch said Monday he and Shanahan visited separately with Kittle.

“We’ve tried to be respectful of the player-agent thing, but it’s always nice just to talk with the player,” Lynch said. “ I think there’s a great understanding that we’re in this thing together, we’re partners, to try to get something done because it makes too much sense not to.”

Kittle’s next contract will certainly make him the highest-paid tight end in the league. Currently, Austin Hooper of Cleveland has the league’s top multi-year contract at $10.5 million a year.

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“We don’t have to say how important George is to us,” Shanahan said. “Not only being the best tight end, to me, in the league, but also the type of person he is. We’re doing everything we can to get that done. I do feel good about it. It was great to see George today for the first time.

“It was great to see George again today. No one’s changed, and I feel really good about this going forward and I’m optimistic about it. Hopefully, something will happen sooner than later. I’m not too concerned about it, though.”

Jordan Reed, 49ers reach agreement on one-year contract, John Lynch says

Jordan Reed, 49ers reach agreement on one-year contract, John Lynch says

The 49ers reached a contract agreement Monday with a tight end not named George Kittle.

The 49ers agreed to a one-year deal with former Washington Football Team tight end Jordan Reed, 30, who has not played in the regular season since the 2018 season. Injuries have plagued Reed throughout his six-year playing career. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Reed's contract with the 49ers is an incentive-laden.

General manager John Lynch said the team weighed the risks with Reed's injury history and deterimed the reward made the signing the right move for the 49ers.

Reed's best season came in 2015, when he appeared in a career-high 14 games. He caught 87 for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Reed sustained his seventh documented concussion in August 2019 in Washington’s third preseason game. He did not play in any games last season, and Washington released him in February.

Reed played his rookie season of 2013 with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who was Washington’s offensive coordinator from 2010 to ’13. He was a third-round draft pick from Florida.

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Reed joins a group of 49ers tight ends that includes All-Pro George Kittle, whose agent still is in negotiations with the 49ers for a lucrative, long-term contract. Ross Dwelley, Daniel Helm and rookies Charlie Woerner and Chase Harrell are the other tight ends on the 49ers’ roster.

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