He has had two 1,000-yard receiving seasons in his five-year career and finished with 910 yards in 2021 despite missing three games.
Kittle also had 634 yards and two touchdowns in 2020 even if he only played eight games due to knee and foot injuries.
Despite those limitations, the former Iowa standout is a consistent performer when he is healthy.
For that reason, he is the highest-paid tight end in the league in terms of annual average value at $15 million a year.
He is also a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All-Pro.
Kittle is a huge part of the 49ers’ offense that has powered the team to two playoff appearances in the last three seasons.
But while San Francisco has one of the best tight ends in the game, they’ve signed another tight end to beef up their roster.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 23, 2022
NFL Network national insider Ian Rapoport tweeted, “Former #Bills and #Jets TE Tyler Kroft is signing a 1-year deal with the #49ers, per agent @MikeMcCartney7″
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
A Quick Look At Kroft’s NFL Career
Kroft has played for three teams in seven NFL seasons.
He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 2015 draft and stayed there until 2018.
His best year with the Bengals came in 2017 wherein he had 404 yards and seven touchdowns.
The former Rutgers standout then signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Buffalo Bills.
However, he only lasted two seasons with the AFC East squad.
He finished his stint in Buffalo with 16 receptions for 178 yards and three touchdowns.
Kroft then signed a one-year deal to play for the Bills’ division rival, the New York Jets.
He played nine games for the Jets, tallying 173 yards and a touchdown.