"I don't care about the tight end market," Jack Bechta told NFL Network's Michael Silver. "I'm being paid to do a George Kittle deal."
Kittle has eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons, making him a candidate for the title of best tight end in the NFL. In addition to his receiving numbers, which rival those of the Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce, Kittle is one of the top blockers at his position.
San Francisco entered the offseason looking to lock up its superstar before he begins the final year of his rookie contract. But the two sides have made no progress in extension talks since February, according to Silver.
Austin Hooper reset the market for tight ends when he secured a four-year contract worth $10.5 million annually from the Cleveland Browns in March. Hunter Henry of the Los Angeles Chargers later surpassed that number by signing his franchise tag for $10.61 million.
Kittle, 26, is scheduled to earn $2.13 million in 2020, according to Over The Cap.