Tight end market being reset as Kelce and Kittle work on deals.
We all saw it coming. Elite tight ends such as Travis Kelce and George Kittle have been relatively cheap for teams. Until a few hours ago Austin Hooper had the biggest deal among tight ends in the NFL. That deal being 4 years $42 million. George Kittle blew this deal out of the water earlier today signing a 5 year deal worth $75 million. Of course every bit of that is completely deserved. Kittle is arguably the best tight end in the NFL. Last season he recorded his second straight 1,000 yard season. In both of the past two seasons he has had 5 touchdowns.
Not long after the George Kittle news we heard that Travis Kelce and the Chiefs are working on a deal. So, the two tight ends that everyone expected to reset the market for the position might just do it all in a days work. The Chiefs have been giving everyone massive contracts recently. It seems as if they’re writing checks they can’t cash. But what do I know? I’m just a Titans fans that only pays attention to the Chiefs when they play my team. I would say the Kelce contract will be bigger than the Kittle deal if at all possible under the Chiefs cap.
What does this mean for Jonnu?
If I’m Jonnu Smith I am telling my agent to get on the phone with Jon Robinson immediately. Contracts in the NFL can easily be influenced by what others are getting paid. It could have been in the Titans favor to sign Jonnu long-term before the big name tight ends reach deals. Unfortunately, we are past that point.
We talked about what is best for Jonnu, but what is best for the Titans? Well, if they sign him now it is going to be a little more expensive than it would have two weeks ago. But, if he has a breakout season then waiting until next offseason could mean a huge hit to their cap. Either way I’m excited to see Jonnu Smith in 2020.