Tight end option three: Make a run at 49ers tight end George Kittle
This may seem like an absolute long shot, and it very well might be. However, George Kittle is an unrestricted free agent in 2021, and the 49ers have yet to offer him an extension of any kind. Could they potentially be debating what to do at the tight end position as well? Only those in the organization know exactly what the deal is with that situation.
George Kittle certainly has an argument to make for being the best tight end in football. Looking like an oversized receiver who confuses defensive coordinators around the league, Kittle was dominant throughout all of 2018 and 2019. In 2019, Kittle put up 85 receptions for 1053 yards and five touchdowns in only 14 games.
At only 26 years old (like Henry), signing Kittle to a long term contract would be a great move by the LA Chargers’ front office. Kittle has no reason to be turned off at the thought of signing with the Chargers, who seem to be an up and coming team in terms of talent, location, and branding.
The Chargers are in a premier destination, comparable to San Francisco. Along with that, they could likely come up with the cap space to sign Kittle to a four-year contract at around $60 million dollars. Last, they possess one of the most talented young rosters in football, meaning Kittle could very well make it to another Super Bowl (and potentially win) sooner rather than later.
If you have an opportunity to get the best in the game, you try and get the best in the game. Hunter Henry is an amazing talent, but George Kittle can be the best tight end in football for the next five years. If the financials can be worked out, there’s no reason to consider Kittle as a potential option.