Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported that the San Francisco 49ers and tight end George Kittle are not close to a deal:
Silver calls to Kittle wanted to be paid as a wide receiver and not a final log setting.
Does Kittle’s camp do everything it can to increase its value by saying it will be turned off? I don’t think it will come. Kittle is one of the best players in the game and wants to be paid as such. August 7 is an important date, as players must decide from then on whether they will stop playing in the 2020 season. If Kittle chooses to turn off, he would win $ 150,000, but would have to pay next season. Anyone who knows Kittle would say it’s a long time to pass. Silver said he believes an agreement will be reached.
Supposedly, both sides have been going in the wrong direction for a few days now, and it has only been a matter of time before the national media have made themselves available. I’m not sure how much exploitation I’ve included in this information, but I asked the previous week if there were any updates to Kittle, and apparently his deal is “disrespectful” all of a sudden. Kittle plans to show up at training camp, but not practice. Again, this has not been cross-checked, but the information fits what Silver says above. I understand the negotiations are fluid, but everything was fine and cumbersome a week ago, and now the two sides are very far apart? What has changed?
Kittle̵7;s teammates believe he is the seventh best player in all of football. No one will get many arguments saying that Kittle is not a great player. He wants to be paid as one. Why not? On August 12, the team will begin “practicing.” So August 7th and August 12th are days to keep an eye on Kittle’s contract. I hope this doesn’t bleed into the season. The last thing San Francisco needs is for it to hang over its head while the team tries to win a Super Bowl.