On April 1st, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle announced his new chapter with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kittle had himself a blast after he photoshopped a picture of himself wearing No. 85 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Above the photo, he captioned it: “Next chapter…thanks to the faithful for all the support!” It also included the Jaguars’ hashtag “DUUUVAL.”
The Jaguars also joined the fun, quote tweeting, “source?”
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Who doesn’t love a good April Fools’ joke?
According to the ol’ Faifthul, they do not.
Niners Fans React to Kittle’s Joke
For a second, some fans were caught off guard, others thought it was funny, and some other, not so much.
Below is a sample of some of the fans’ reactions.
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Kittle Reacts to Guaranteed Money
Kittle made his name notable as one of the best tight ends during his second year in the NFL in 2018.
Just last offseason following his first-ever First-Team All-Pro selection, Kittle inked a big new deal to stay in the Bay area for the long term.
He ended up signing a five-year, $75 million deal just ahead of the 2020 preseason. The deal included $18 million on signing and has $40 million in total guarantees, Per Spotrac. His base salary takes a giant leap forward once 2022 rolls around. During that year, it will be worth over $11.4 million for each of the final four years of the deal.
April Fools’ Day was the day it became locked in, according to ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter who tweeted the reminder out this morning.
“Good morning to you too Schefty!!” the Niners’ superstar old tight end responded to Schefter’s tweet this morning––a very good reason to wake up on the right side of the bed today and act silly.
Kittle Notes He Wants Jimmy G. as His QB No Matter What
The 49ers traded up from their No. 12 overall pick in the first round of next month’s draft to grab the No. 3 overall pick a week ago. Kyle Shanahan confirmed that the club made the jump because they want a backup quarterback for Jimmy Garoppolo aka, Jimmy G.’s future replacement.
On the 10 Questions With Kyle Brandt podcast this week, Kittle admitted he wants Garoppolo to be his quarterback next season.
“I trust Kyle (head coach Kyle Shanahan) and John (general manager John Lynch) … they’re trying to do whatever they can to make the team better,” Kittle told Kyle Brandt on the 10 Questions With Kyle Brandt podcast. “I get it, it’s a competitive sport, we’re competing for jobs every single day.
“I want Jimmy G to be my QB. … Whatever they do, I can’t wait to see what the team looks like in a couple weeks.