LOOK: 49ers player shades team over George Kittle contract situation

49ers tight end George Kittle
Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) reacts against the Green Bay Packers during the first half in the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

An offseason around the NFL that has seen multiple star players receive record-breaking contracts has not included one of the best players in the league ink a long-term deal with his team.

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle was just ranked by his counterparts as the seventh-best player in the NFL. He’s also in line for a huge record-breaking contract.

Unfortunately, that has not come to fruition as of yet. Kittle’s teammate, wide receiver Trent Taylor, has taken note of that. He also took time out of his day to shade the team over Kittle’s contract situation.

That’s pretty original stuff right there from Mr. Taylor.

He’s also not wrong. Over the past six weeks alone, San Francisco has signed head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch to contract extensions. Why wait on extending one of the best players on the defending NFC champion’s roster?

It’s a bit more complicated than that. Kittle is said to want top-end wide receiver money. That would completely reset the tight end market as we know it.

A fifth-round pick out of Iowa back in 2017, Kittle has taken over as the best tight end in the NFL. He’s recorded 173 receptions for 2,430 yards over the past two seasons and is seen as the best run-blocking tight end in the league.