Not only is George Kittle changing the way we look at tight ends, but he is also changing the way they are compensated.
However, it is a little more unique when it comes to him. He is a hybrid player. And while “TE” is the position he represents on the 49ers’ program list, he is so much more than that. His blocking abilities are second to none compared to an offensive tackle, he can catch as a receiver, and those abilities could be used in many aspects of the game.
It’s a game changer – and probably $ 20 million per move. Years all around him. The value of versatility is strong with it.
“One of the things our guys are studying right now is, OK, we know that running backs that can be split out and play receiver have an impact on the defense and how they want to implement the defense,”
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This truly means that the sky is the limit for Kittle’s caliber. It was also very noticeable last season when he was on and off the field.
For Collinsworth, that means being more modern in the approach of this type of player.
“Again, you can’t think of 1968 football and apply it to the NFL today,” Collinsworth added.
The 49ers average five yards per yard. Bear with 20 rushing touchdowns when Kittle was on the field last season. When he was absent, they averaged only 3.5 yards per minute. Carried and scored three TDs. He won All-Pro honors in 2019 as well with 85 catches for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games.
The team is working to pay him handsomely, and his agent mirrored the emotions – along with Kittle’s situation that he is a very unique player who deserves a “special contract.”
He certainly does.