Kittle, Kelce Agree to Extensions
Another day, another big contract, this time setting a record for tight ends. George Kittle will get a $75 million extension over five years. No details yet, although reports say "more than half" is guaranteed. Kittle is Rob Gronkowski's successor as the most complete tight end in football, a YAC force as a receiver who's also a wicked blocker. This outpaces Austin Hooper's four-year, $52 million contract set during free agency, although Kittle couldn't get as much as the top wide receivers, probably because San Francisco always could have just franchised him for a couple of years thanks to the fact that the franchise tag for tight ends is much lower than it is for wide receivers.
UPDATE: It's tight end money day! Now Travis Kelce has also agreed to a new contract extension, with more details to follow. Ian Rapoport says it is between $14 and $15 million annually in new money average. (It ends up being $57 million in new money, so $14.25 million annually.) It adds four years onto the two years Kelce already had remaining with the Chiefs.