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George Kittle agrees to five-year, $75 million contract with San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers have locked down their star target ahead of the final year of his contract.

All-Pro tight end George Kittle agreed to a five-year, $75 million deal with the team on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports' Mike Jones. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized.

NFL Network was first to report the agreement.

The extension is the richest ever for a tight end. The previous high for a multi-year deal by a player at the position was Austin Hooper's four-year, $42 million pact reached in March with the Cleveland Browns. The Los Angeles Chargers' Hunter Henry, playing on the franchise tag, is the only other tight end with a salary of more than $10 million in 2020.

Kittle, 26, has shattered expectations with the 49ers since joining the team as a fifth-round draft pick out of Iowa in 2017. He set the record for most receiving yards by a tight end in 2018 with 1,377 yards.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Kittle also is regarded as one of the best blockers at his position. He helped the 49ers reach the Super Bowl last season when he led the team in catches (85) and receiving yards (1,053) despite missing two games.

Follow Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.