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Ian Rapoport: 49ers ‘not particularly close’ on George Kittle extension

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Raheem Mostert got his contract amended. John Lynch got his contract extended, albeit about four months after Kyle Shanahan, and with a year less on his deal. Now, for the 49ers, it’s just about retaining George Kittle, an item which has quickly become the most complex and largest looming on the team’s offseason agenda.

The 49ers are notoriously difficult negotiators when it comes to contract extensions, having a sometimes unsavory propensity to work out deals more readily with free agents than they do with their own players.

Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, there’s no deal imminent with Kittle.

“My understanding is they are not particularly close on the George Kittle contract extension, but John Lynch is right; they are trying, they have exchanged proposals, they have had discussions,” Rapoport said. “And either way, it’s pretty clear George Kittle is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL, regardless of position. He is going to be the highest-paid tight end, over Austin Hooper… when this is all said and done. It really is just a matter of how much. They are not there yet.”


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