George Kittle is set to become the highest-paid tight end in football, but he is looking to set a standard with his next contract.
Hunter Henry is the highest-paid tight end at $10.607 million, but he is also on the franchise tag. Austin Hooper signed the biggest deal for a tight end in NFL history at four years and $42 million with the Cleveland Browns, an average annual salary at $10.5 million.
“I don’t care about the tight end market, I’m getting paid to do a George Kittle deal,” Kittle’s agent, Jack Bechta, told NFL Network’s Mike Silver.
Matt Barrows of The Athletic cited “someone in the know” who believes Kittle’s next contract will be worth somewhere around $13 million per year, which would far exceed what Hooper currently has.
If Kittle were to land a deal worth $13 million per year, that would place him in line with some of the top wide receivers in the NFL with names such as TY Hilton, Alshon Jeffrey, who currently both make $13 million per year.
Kittle caught 85 passes for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns in 2019 last season and was a Pro Bowler and All Pro.