'WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!' — 49ers, Kittle make new deal official

By 95.7 THE GAME

The George Kittle deal is officially signed, the team announced on Friaday afternoon.

Kittle added his own twist, penning a 400-plus word statement that ended thusly:


Kittle was as gregarious as ever in a video posted minutes after the announcement on the club's Twitter account:

“John, where you going, man?” -- (via @49ers) pic.twitter.com/ThXnQcEJFd

— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) August 15, 2020

The record-setting $75 million deal was first reported by Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take" on Thursday morning.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver had been all over the story. Here's the full rundown on the terms:

The #49ers are giving TE George Kittle an $18M signing bonus, source said. A large sum especially in a pandemic. Mostly, he blows the doors off the TE market and they keep their own. https://t.co/WVOrQflHXp

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 13, 2020

The contract easily is the richest of all time for a tight end. Previously, Austin Hooper owned the distinction, inking a four-year, $42 million deal with the Browns back in March.

Kittle, originally a fifth-round pick out of Iowa in 2017, has emerged as a game breaker in Santa Clara. Last year, Kittle, now a two time Pro Bowler, racked up 1053 yards and five touchdowns for the Niners.

Kittle's full statement can be read below:
“I would first like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the entire 49ers organization, especially the York family, who made all of this possible. To John Lynch and the staff who selected me in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, I want to say thank you for giving me this opportunity. I love being a 49er and am blessed to have the opportunity to wear red and gold for years to come. I can’t wait to continue our quest to bring another Super Bowl back to The Bay.
I want to thank my teammates for their hard work and help in making me be the best teammate, player and man I can be each week. Together we have already accomplished amazing things, but we all know there is still so much more to do. It’s an incredible locker room to be a part of and I am grateful to my brothers for making this such a fun and exciting place to play football.
Thanks to my coaches and the management team. Coach Embree has helped me in so many ways, as a player and as a man. I will always be grateful to him for all he has done and he continues to do. Thanks to Coach Shanahan for making this such a rewarding place to play. I am thrilled that we will chase our ultimate goal together.
I want to thank my family – my wife, Claire, my parents, Bruce and Jan, and my sister, Emma – for their unwavering support throughout my life and career. I thank you for the unconditional love that you provide every single day and it motivates me to be the best person I can be.
Also, a big thank you to my agent, Jack Bechta, along with Ryan Hayes. Jack has been preparing me and my family for these negotiations for the past year, and we felt well informed and confident throughout the entire process. He has done a great job advocating on my behalf and helped secure a contract that protects me and my family. I appreciate his hard work and dedication to such an important event in my life.
Finally, to the greatest fans in the NFL - THANK YOU! Thank you for all your support in everything we do, for cheering us on no matter what and for always being FAITHFUL. I will continue to work for all of you as we make the 2020 season another success.