49ers general manager John Lynch hopes he can find an extension to George Kittle’s tight end, despite complications in the salary limits caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Kittle is scheduled to be a free agent by the end of 2020 and is trying to reset the market to its tight end position.
The fifth round selection of 2017 has done more than enough to earn a lucrative extension. Kittle, a 2019 first-team All-Pro, has posted consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns, breaking the record for receiving yards in one season in 2018 with 1,377.
An agreement between the NFL and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) has set the 2021 salary cap limit at $ 175 million – about $ 40 million lower than expected before the pandemic – as the league prepares for the financial hit it will probably get due to the fact that teams have to play games without fans.
Lynch acknowledged that change had made Kittle’s extension more difficult and told KNBR, “That’s a big change. But we waited for some of that [information] to guide us in structuring a deal. “
Lynch added, “I think people should be encouraged. We’ve had great conversations – I don’t want to say progress – but talk to (Kittle’s agent, Jack Bechta). And we work really well together. … We have ideas and things traded and we’re really hopeful We’re going to work really hard George is so good at what we do He’s a great player.
“He is what we want him to be. I think it would be foolish not to find out. And we’re going to do that. “