Aug. 13, 2020, is turning out to be a decent day for NFL tight ends.
On the same day that George Kittle reportedly agreed to a massive five-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler tweeted that Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs are close to putting pen to paper on a four-year extension.
Travis Kelce and the Chiefs have agree to parameters on a four-year extension that would tie Kelce to the Chiefs for the next six seasons, sources told ESPN.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 13, 2020
According to Fowler, the two-time First-Team All-Pro who turns 31 years old in October likely gave the reigning Super Bowl champions somewhat of a hometown discount.
Money not finalized but expecting to come in just under Kittle's $15M per year. Kelce in a different situation -- turns 31 in October, third contract, keeping band together in KC a factor. https://t.co/ek5oGd8XcH— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 13, 2020
As noted by Field Yates of ESPN, Kelce has more than earned the payday.
Travis Kelce:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 13, 2020
* Only TE to ever record 4 straight 1,000 yard seasons
* Fastest TE ever to 425 career catches and 5,500 receiving yards
* 5X Pro Bowler, 4X All Pro
* Since 2015, 1,031 receiving yards than any other TE and 5th most amongst all players
Kelce led the NFL among tight ends in 2019 with 97 catches and 1,229 receiving yards. He caught a touchdown from quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the fourth quarter of his team's Super Bowl LIV victory over the Niners.