San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch made clear on Thursday that he would not let rising star George Kittle leave the Bay Area.
Kittle’s four-year rookie contract will expire after this season and Kittle has proven to be one of the top talent in the NFL in his first three seasons. Getting Kittle locked up for the long term is going to take a big deal, and Lynch says the 49ers are ready to meet that demand, it’s just a matter of finding out exactly where the numbers make sense for both parties.
“George is not going anywhere,” Lynch said in an interview on 95.7 The Game. “We will work hard to try to do it. I think they just have the motivation to really reset the tight market, like us, for him. It’s just a matter of finding that ideal point, where it is. “
Kittle has posted two consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons with the 49ers and has captured more than 80 passes each in the past two years.
Lynch seems to accept the idea that Kittle will be the highest paid tight end in the league with his next contract. The value of the Hunter Henry franchise label of $ 10.6 million is the highest average value in the league while Austin Hooper’s four-year deal with the Cleveland Browns is on average slightly less than $ 10.5 million but carries $ 23 million in guaranteed money, from OverTheCap.com.
“Like I said, he’s not going anywhere,” said Lynch. “When does this happen?” I do not know. But we are working hard, like them, to try to make it happen. George will be part of the 49ers for a very long time. “