LGPS pool backs renewables fund, begins EM equity search

first_img“This fund is a good fit with both our clients’ return expectations from infrastructure, but also their combined commitment to be responsible, long-term owners of sustainable investments.”Neither Brunel nor NTR disclosed the value of pool’s investment. The £30bn (€33.4bn) Brunel Pension Partnership has invested in a renewable energy fund alongside Legal & General (L&G) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).The investors are among those committing a total of €229m to Irish infrastructure manager NTR’s second Renewable Energy Income Fund, according to a press release from NTR.NTR has secured €145m for the fund’s first close, with the ultimate aim of raising €500m to invest in new-build wind turbines and solar energy farms. It has already made three acquisitions for the portfolio: two French wind farms and a portfolio of “solar projects” in the UK.Richard Fanshawe, head of private markets at Brunel, said: “Brunel is pleased to be backing NTR’s experienced and capable team to deliver a portfolio of predominantly greenfield renewable energy generation assets in western Europe. Source: NTRWind turbines owned by NTR’s investment fundsBrunel was formally launched last year to pool and manage assets on behalf of 10 Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds based in south and south-west England.L&G Capital, the direct investment arm of UK insurance giant L&G, has committed to match 20% of all funds raised for the new vehicle, up to a maximum of €100m.John Bromley, head of clean energy strategy at L&G Capital, said his company aimed to invest long-term capital in “businesses, innovative technology and infrastructure that will help deliver clean and affordable energy to the UK”, adding that a “step-change” in renewable investment was required. The EIB has pledged €84m to the fund, with the commitment guaranteed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments.NTR itself has also invested in the fund, as has the endowment fund for Trinity College Dublin.Brunel advances search for emerging market managersSeparately, Brunel has launched a formal tender for emerging market equity managers to run a portion of a mandate expected to be worth roughly £1.1bn.The LGPS pool first announced plans for the mandate in November, inviting managers to submit research material to help inform Brunel’s thinking.More than 100 managers registered for information updates prior to the launch of the formal tender, Brunel said today. They have until 25 January to submit expressions of interest.center_img Mark Mansley, chief investment officer, BrunelBrunel’s chief investment officer Mark Mansley said: “We are keen to receive tenders from fund managers which are innovative in their thinking, and with clear, consistent approaches that can be applied widely across the emerging markets specialism.“We are looking for managers able to meet our 2-3% performance target. Managers will be afforded considerable flexibility, including the ability to invest outside the benchmark, in frontier markets, smaller companies, and developed market companies with significant emerging market exposure, but they should be able to cover the core emerging markets to start with.”Brunel said it would likely appoint “three to four” managers to run £200-500m each.The emerging markets project follows Brunel’s launch of a £1bn smart beta fund in November, and a £1.6bn UK equities fund in December.It has also made commitments to long-lease property funds run by M&G and Aberdeen Standard Investments.last_img read more

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Hijacked Marine Express Recovered, Crew Safe and Well

first_imgThe product tanker Marine Express and its twenty-two crew members, who have been attacked by pirates on February 1 while anchored off Benin, Gulf of Guinea, have reassumed control of their ship, the ship’s manager Anglo-Eastern said.Details regarding the terms of the ship’s rescue operation have not been released.The 45,989 dwt oil products tanker Marine Express was at the Cotonou Anchorage, Benin, when all communication with the vessel was lost.“Full control of the vessel was resumed at approximately 04:00 Singapore time today. All crew members are reported to be safe and well, and the cargo of 13,5000 tons of gasoline remains on board,” Anglo-Eastern added.“We wish to express our gratitude to the captain and crew of the vessel and their families for their courage and fortitude in dealing with this difficult situation, as well as the authorities and agencies involved.”The families of the crew members have been informed of the situation, and now a comprehensive investigation into the hijacking will be carried out.The region is notorious for piracy groups that target commercial ships and often kidnap seafarers for ransom.Marine Express is the second tanker to be taken by pirates in the region since the beginning of this year.The Marshall Islands-flagged tanker MT Barrett and its 22 crew members were hijacked at the beginning of January. However, they were released from captivity after a six-day ordeal.Details on the terms of their release have not been disclosed either.last_img read more

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Edwin V. (Pork) Kirschner

first_imgEdwin V. (Pork) Kirschner, age 78 of Oldenburg, died Friday, September 15, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health.  Born July 14, 1939 in Oldenburg, he is the son of Eulalia (Nee: Ferkinhoff) and Ivoe Kirschner.  He married Joyce Fasbinder May 21, 1960 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg.  He served in the army and after the service went to work at McAlpin’s in Cincinnati as a purchasing agent, retiring after 35 years.  He was a member of Holy Family Church, the Knights of St. John Commandry #243 and the Knights of Columbus Council #1461 in Batesville as well as a former member of the Batesville Life Squad and Batesville Kiwanis.Pork loved the Christmas season and everything about Christmas, from the spiritual aspect, to being with family, to the music, to the food.  It was somewhere in this that a decade’s long hobby of making nativity scenes or crèches was born.  About ten years ago he turned his hobby into a business, opening the Creche Shop in Oldenburg.  The register book at the shop tells of the people from all over the world who have visited him and become owners of his handmade, heirloom quality creations.  For several years he has been a member of Oldenburg’s “Christmas Under the Spires” committee to help with the annual event.For Pork, family and faith were most important to him along with his pride for his hometown of Oldenburg.  He loved nothing better than having his family together. Whether it was a game of Scrabble with some of the kids or the kids getting Pork to explore his inner thrill seeker and urging him by try rafting or sky diving, he was game.  In recent years, he also enjoyed stopping by the Knight’s Hall for an afternoon game of Euchre or 7-up.He is survived by his wife Joyce; daughters and son-in-laws Jennifer and Joe Ruwe, Karen and Scott Glum, all of Cincinnati; sons and daughter-in-laws Jeff and Kathy Kirschner of Cincinnati, Kurt and Sherri Kirschner of Batesville; sister Martha Fie of Cincinnati; brother Tom Kirschner of Indianapolis and grandchildren Sam Kirschner of Cincinnati, Will Kirschner of Bloomington, Indiana, Nick Kirschner of Indianapolis, Alex and Max Kirschner of Batesville, Elizabeth and Katherine Ruwe and Elliot and Michael Glum, all of Cincinnati.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother Allan Kirschner.Visitation is Tuesday, September 19th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary at 3:45 p.m.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 20th, at Holy Family Church.  Due to allergies, the family requests no flowers.  Memorials may be made to the Holy Family Church Capital Improvement Fund or Oldenburg Academy.last_img read more

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Reutzel rules at Kossuth County

first_imgBy Greg GrabianowskiALGONA, Iowa (May 24) – Tad Reutzel, sporting a new design on his 5R rig, survived four yellow flags to lead the whole way and win Thursday’s IMCA Modified main event at Kossuth County Speedway.Reutzel held off challenges late from Austin Wolf and Jay Noteboom to earn his first local feature win of the season.Randy Brands dominated the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature, starting on the pole before running away and hiding from the rest of the field in a race that went green white checkered.Kyle Sidles jump out fast in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature and led most of the race before Daniel Smith came on late to take the lead with one lap remaining and went onto his first victory of the year at Algona.The Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature lead changed hands three times before Matt Looft took over for good following a lap eight restart.A dozen Mach-1 Sport Compacts took the green flag in a feature that ran caution-free. Oliver Monson took full advantage of his pole starting position to lead the whole way and steer his No. 5 rig into the win­ner’s circle.last_img read more

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Glazers calm over United shares

first_img Press Association The Glazer family remain comfortable about Manchester United’s value despite recent falls in share prices on the New York Stock Exchange, according to sources close to the club. United’s shares were valued at 15.16 US dollars (£9.26) when the market opened for trading on Monday – well down on a high point last May of 19.34 (£11.82) but higher than the 12-month low of 14.39 (£8.79). In overall terms that can be seen as a drop in the value of £250million but sources say the Glazer family who own United take a long-term view about the value of the shares, which were launched in August 2012 in New York at a price of 14 dollars. center_img One United source said: “The Glazer family take very much a long-term view about share prices and the value of the club – there have been a number of fluctuations in the last 18 months but they remain comfortable about the current position.” In the last year there have been numerous ups and downs – the announcement by Sir Alex Ferguson last May that he was retiring led to a sharp drop in share price. The price recovered over the summer but there was another fall in October, only for promising financial figures from the club for the first quarter to prompt a recovery, and then another swift fall in December. United’s comparatively poor form on the pitch this season – they are by no means assured of a place in the Champions League – may be a cause for concern for some investors, but in financial terms the club is expected to post record revenues this season. The Glazers are also understood to be determined to have patience with Ferguson’s successor David Moyes, understanding that he will need time to settle in after taking over from the most successful manager the game has ever seen. Moyes was given a six-year contract in the summer – a statement of intent by the owners that they view him as well as the club as a long-term investment. Some analysts believe United have been over-valued anyway despite the club’s fan-base and income. Other stock market watchers believe that the expected announcement of a new kit deal with Nike will send the share value rocketing again. last_img read more

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Coleman day-to-day after missing EMU game with left leg contusion

first_imgSyracuse center DaJuan Coleman is day-to-day after missing the Orange’s 70-48 victory against Eastern Michigan on Tuesday with a left leg contusion, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.“It’s not week-t0-week. It’s really day-to-day,” Boeheim said. “He had a treatment yesterday so he couldn’t play today, but we’re going to look at it in the next two days, see how he responds to the treatment and make decisions based on how he responds.”Coleman did not warm up with SU and walked out of the tunnel after the coaches. He sat on the bench in a gray sweatsuit and walked along the sideline with no noticeable limp as Jerami Grant started at the wing while Rakeem Christmas slid into the center of the 2-3 zone.Boeheim said the team is resting Coleman in hopes of a quicker recovery process.“Right now we’re treating it,” Boeheim said. “He’s going through a series of treatments that we hope will help him be able to play.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColeman was limited to a season-low six minutes in the No. 2 Orange’s 78-62 win over then-No. 8 Villanova on Saturday. Tuesday’s game marked only SU’s second different lineup of the season heading into its 13th game.“DaJuan’s a trooper,” SU forward Jerami Grant said. “He’s hurt, but he’ll still try to play on it. Now we’re trying to rest him up and get him back as soon as possible.” Comments Published on December 31, 2013 at 2:52 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Freshman walk-on kicker Murphy earns start against Notre Dame, begins to let loose

first_imgCole Murphy didn’t care where the ball went, as long as it went far. When the kicker first transferred to Valencia (California) High School in his junior year, he had an unrefined and inaccurate kicking leg. His body was out of control. His only redeeming quality was his power. “We had a lot of mechanical drills that we worked on during practice,” said Brian Malette, Murphy’s high school kicking coach. “He was able to finally control himself in regard to being more accurate and placing the ball where he wanted to place it rather than just hacking at it. “He definitely had one of the biggest legs in Valencia history.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith that talent, Murphy earned a preferred walk-on offer from Syracuse in March. In the Orange’s 34-20 loss to Maryland on Sept. 20, he came on for starter Ryan Norton and booted a 49-yard field goal during the first quarter. In Saturday’s game against Notre Dame at MetLife Stadium, he started and made a 38-yard field goal on his first try before hitting the right upright and missing from 37 later in the game. His powerful leg had him taking kickoffs in the Orange’s season opener against Villanova. But junior starting kicker Ryan Norton went 4-for-7 in SU’s first two games and Murphy pushed into a starting role against the Fighting Irish. “Every week’s a competition,” Murphy said before the Notre Dame game. “Every week we’re trying to get the exact same spot. I’m trying to get Norton’s, he’s trying to get mine.”Murphy, like many college kickers, has a background in soccer. The high school goalkeeper said that he wanted to pursue a career in soccer up until his transfer to Valencia. In his first two years of playing football at West Ranch (California) High School, he wasn’t the prolific kicker that he’d eventually become. He only started kicking because his parents told him he wasn’t allowed to play anything else on the football field. But once he got to Valencia, he took the sport more seriously. In the first year after his transfer, he faced off against West Ranch, his former team. The student section, made up mostly of friends and old classmates, heckled and tried to distract him as he lined up for a 40-plus yard field goal. Yet their efforts didn’t work. He raced to the sideline celebrating his kick and hushing the opposing crowd. It was Malette who helped Murphy develop the skill he showcased at the Chris Sailer Kicking Camp in Las Vegas. That’s where he first got the attention of colleges. Soon after making a 55-yard field goal at the camp, he received a call from Syracuse Special Teams Quality Control coach Chris Gould. “They were set on me before anybody else,” Murphy said. “It was really different from every other college. All of the other colleges, they’d come down to visit and say I’m talking to you and five other guys today. There was a different feeling.”In high school, Murphy was a motivator and tried to pump his team up. But in his first few months with the Orange he’s been more reserved. SU defensive line coach Tim Daoust said he doesn’t show much emotion. For the most part, he hasn’t been given a reason to. But after his 49-yard kick hooked inside the left side of the uprights against Maryland, he let his excitement seep through. His teammates mobbed him by the 40-yard-line. As he ran back to the team bench, he greeted players and coaches with emphatic high-fives. Norton was supposed to take the kick, but after a penalty moved the Orange back five yards, Daoust thought Murphy had a better chance. Murphy didn’t have time to think about it. All he had to do was kick. “When they threw me in there I just had to snap into it,” Murphy said. “I had to figure out everything in a millisecond. It didn’t really hit me until after I had done it, that I was in there making my first collegiate field goal.” And in that millisecond, he went from a player fighting for a chance, to a player seizing one. Comments Published on September 30, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Nigerian MMA Fighter To Make UFC Debut This Weekend

first_imgNigerian-American Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, Azunna ‘Zulu’ Anyanwu will make his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut at this weekend’s fight night in Pittsburgh.The heavyweight fighter will square up against Justin ‘El Blanco’ Ledet, who was earlier billed to face injured Dmitriy Sosnovskiy of Ukraine.36-year-old Anyanwu, who will step into the Octagon for the first time on Saturday night, got his maiden UFC contract last week after he was called up at short notice to replace injured Sosnovskiy.“So I got the call about being ready to go next week and I said I’ll take the opportunity at 36 because this ain’t coming again. I’m in my prime now. So just getting in shape and recovering as much as possible. Opening up my lungs, getting ready for the fight.” Anyanwu told ESPN.He continued: “Mentally I’m strong, I’m a strong dude. I’ve seen ups and downs. It’s just gonna be another fight with more computers and cameras around. Let’s just get to it and put on a show.”Another Nigerian, Kamaru ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Usman, who defeated Sean Strickland in his last UFC bout in April, makes his return to the Octagon to take on Brazil’s Sergio ‘The Panther’ Moraes.RelatedNigerian-Born UFC Star Adesanya Beats Tavares In Welterweight FightJuly 9, 2018In “Africa”UFC 234: Nigerian-born MMA Star Threatens UFC LegendFebruary 9, 2019In “Sports”UFC 248: Israel Dares The Soldier Of GodMarch 7, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

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What would Jerry Buss do if he was in charge of the Lakers’ draft?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Okafor is quote, the obvious choice as the next great Laker center … except that he’s not really a pro center.Having ducked the combine, his height isn’t officially known, but sources tell me that he’s measuring 6-9 1/2 in stocking feet working out for teams.Without great length or hops, he’s more of a power forward … an inconvenient fact that the Lakers are aware of.Porzingis, a deadeye shooter at 7-1 (in stocking feet), is screaming up the board. No. 3 Philadelphia, which has no point guard, is reportedly considering passing up Russell and Mudiay … assuming the Lakers don’t take Porzingis.A 19-year-old Latvian who played in Spain, Porzingis was the least-celebrated elite prospect but not after last week’s workout in Las Vegas.One awestruck GM told me that he’s the best Euro-prospect he has ever seen, with an upside as the next D-D-Dirk Nowitzki or even K-K-K-K-K-Kevin Durant.The Lakers reportedly are “intrigued” more than blown away — but Porzingis remains on their short list.Russell was converted to point guard as an Ohio State freshman, a red flag since it usually doesn’t work, but did with him.At 6-4, Mudiay is an amazing athlete — picture Wes Matthews with a 40-inch vertical — but has a tiny body of work, having played only a few games in China.If Mudiay may become a good shooter, he isn’t one yet, compared to Russell, who shot as well as a freshman — 41 percent on 3-pointers — as Steph Curry did at Davidson.Mudiay, however, shot well for the Lakers last week so here he is, although I’d rate him the darkhorse.If Mitch and Co. can do this, the organization has never been through such agony, compounded by having had to do it in the age of social media, exerting pressure on the Buss kids and their people that their father never knew.Nevertheless, the only way the Lakers will be what they were is to do it the way they always did.• Forget what this pick means for a fast turnaround next seasonI don’t care if Time Warner execs threaten to kill themselves. This isn’t about next season but the next 10.• Forget finding a good fit with the players on handI don’t like the sawed-off, non-shot-blocking combination of Okafor and Julius Randle but if they think JO’s best, take him and figure out the rest later.• Forget what the press and fans will thinkIf the geeky-looking Porzingis has the best chance of greatness, take him, even if the fans go nuts and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith strokes out on the set.• Remember how Jerry Buss did it, starting with trusting his basketball peopleIf it was easy to back Jerry West, the icon, Buss’s trust extended to Mitch Kupchak … even in 2005, coming off a 34-48 season after the departure of Shaquille O’Neal, as fans clamored for Mitch’s scalp.Showing just how functional the Lakers were despite madcap suggestions to the contrary, Kupchak then made one of the great calls in their history, drafting Andrew Bynum out of high school.Three seasons later, a happening Bynum helped hold an aggrieved Bryant in place before the arrival of Pau Gasol.• Don’t play it safeUnlike a lot of owners, Jerry Buss cared only about titles, not turning the crank on the cash cow.With the Lakers’ expectations and those of their fans, it won’t matter if Okafor and Russell, the safe picks, are decent but Porzingis or Mudiay becomes the next KD or Kobe elsewhere.If the Lakers are to be rebuilt, it will have to be the way they were built, on daring. With their No. 2 pick in Thursday’s draft, I have the favorite as Duke’s Jahlil Okafor.(Yes, the Lakers would take Karl-Anthony Towns if he’s there, a no-brainer. Unfortunately for them, it’s also a no-brainer for No. 1 Minnesota.)The Lakers are still sorting out their final four of Okafor, Kristaps Porzingis, D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay.• Related: What qualities will No 2 pick need to flourish with Kobe?If it looks thorny — Laker fans are all over the lot on this pick — it’s harder than they know.center_img Now for the dawn of a new day — finally! — in the most eagerly-awaited, pressure-packed moment in Laker history.Yes, five seasons after their last title, two since they were over .500 (Nov. 29, 2013), they can finally start putting Humpty Dumpty back together!It was Survival: Lakerdom, five years of Dwight Howard leaving, Steve Nash crumbling, Mike D’Antoni being hired over Phil Jackson, Jim Buss inheriting the whirlwind, Kobe Bryant going down annually and more stuff you won’t have to hear about any more.At long last, the Lakers of the future!last_img read more

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How much can 49ers pay George Kittle? Projecting All-Pro tight end’s new contract

first_img (Getty Images) Getting $15 million per season would put Kittle on the brink of also being paid like a top-10 wide receiver. For four years, something between $60 and $64 million isn’t too much, as long as it comes with more than $30 million guaranteed. At five years, Kittle should be looking at $75 million with $34 million guaranteed, or right in line with what the Browns recently gave wide receiver Jarvis Landry.Part of the reason the tight end salaries haven’t escalated the way they should have has been a lack of dominant forces at the position for several recent seasons. Consider Rob Gronkowski got a six-year, $54 million deal with the Patriots to then make him the NFL’s highest-paid tight end in 2012 at $9 million per season.Kittle is worthy of being a Gronk-like trendsetter, because he’s the type of player a younger Gronk was and means that much to the 49ers’ offense. The 49ers and Kittle might seem far apart now, but everything points to everyone being happy in the end. The 49ers know they will need to spend a lot of gold to lock up All-Pro tight end George Kittle. He wants to be the highest-paid player at the position — and then some — and San Francisco is willing to sign its core offensive player for the long term.The real question is, how ready are the 49ers in being able to do so? Kittle, 26, has far exceeded expectations as a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He’s set to earn $2.1 million in base salary in 2020, which represents the height of his bargain rookie contract.The floor of his new deal will begin at an average of $11 million per year. The Chargers’ Hunter Henry is getting $10.6 million with the franchise tag, while the Browns’ Austin Hooper just got $23 million guaranteed as part of a 4-year, $42 million free-agent signing.NFL FREE AGENCY: Best players available at each positionKittle is better than Hooper all-around. His elite blocking and receiving skills make him the best tight end in the game, period, over the Chiefs’ Travis Kelce, who turns 31 in October.So Kittle will reset the market for tight ends. As is the norm with the early stage of negotiations, it makes sense for his representation to shoot for the moon with the new contract’s ceiling. Here’s a breakdown of how the 49ers can pay Kittle and how much he can expect in the end.What is the 49ers’ salary-cap situation?According to OverTheCap.com, the 49ers have around $16 million left under the cap for 2020. They got into that solid situation after moving pricey defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Colts before his contract season. That number jumps to near $50 million in 2021 as they’re facing a lot of expiring contracts.They declined the fifth-year option on defensive lineman Solomon Thomas. Trent Williams, their quick replacement left tackle for retiring Joe Staley, is set to earn more than $12.5 million this year. There’s another $11-million plus available assuming the team doesn’t bring back running back Tevin Coleman and safety Jaquiski Tartt.San Francisco’s other notable veteran free agent in 2021 is cornerback Richard Sherman, who is still playing at a high level as a defensive leader at 32. There’s a good chance the 49ers can bring him back on a reasonable, mutually friendly deal.The 49ers have a ton invested in defensive end behind 2019 Rookie of the Year Nick Bosa along with Arik Armstead and Dee Ford. If Ford doesn’t come through as a healthier contributor in 2020, they could save another $17.6 million against the cap in 2021 by cutting him at a cost of only $4.8 million in dead money.With Kittle being a priority re-sign, there’s nothing prohibiting the 49ers from pleasing him and also bringing back Sherman. George Kittle https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/49/8b/george-kittle-072519-getty-ftr_1syw5gixb8j9k1w1x3emqd9e6t.jpg?t=707916964&w=500&quality=80How much it would cost the 49ers to franchise-tag George Kittle?Based on what Henry got under the non-exclusive tag for 2020, the projected increase for 2021 would be right around that $11 million floor. Unlike QB, where the top five average annual salaries are well above the franchise tag values, there’s not a significant increase available via the exclusive franchise tag for tight ends.Giving Kittle slightly more than Henry and Hooper with only one year of guaranteed money will be perceived as a low-ball move instead of a logical place-holder to extend the long-term deadline until next summer. It’s in the 49ers’ best interest to do the deal earlier and not make Kittle go through a contract year.How much can George Kittle expect to be paid in his new contract?So what is the money worthy of a “George Kittle deal”? For starters, it needs to be significantly more than Hooper got, both in terms of annual salary and guaranteed money. As for years, that depends.At the same age, Travis Kelce got a raise from a third-round pick’s salary, a deserved reward for rising to the top of the position. For his 2016 extension, Kelce got $46.5 million over five years, with $20 million guaranteed.Kittle is a more complete player than Kelce was at 26, and to the 49ers’ run-heavy offense, he also serves as their most seasoned downfield receiver. Kittle is right to command a unique contract.last_img read more

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