Soon he'll be paid like it.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported on NFL GameDay Morning that negotiations on a Kittle extension will commence shortly, possibly as soon as after Sunday's Super Bowl.
"The Niners are going to make this a priority, try to get an extension done with Kittle quickly," Garafolo said. "The top of the tight end market (is) about $10 million per year. He's going to blow the lid off of that. I would think you're looking at $13 million as the floor on this one."
Kittle has one year remaining on his rookie deal, which is set to pay him $735,000 in 2020. The 49ers paid just $1.8 million for the first three years of Kittle's career, which has already produced an All-Pro nod and two Pro Bowls. Last year, the former fifth-round pick set the single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end. He followed that up with being Pro Football Focus' top-rated player in 2019 while imposing his will as a run blocker as much as a receiver.