Running back Raheem Mostert has reportedly reached out to the San Francisco 49ers.
This comes less than two weeks after Mostert, through his agent Brett Tessler, requested a trade from the team. Mostert cited unhappiness over his current contract and the team’s apparent unwillingness to renegotiate a new deal.
However, now it appears as though the talented running back is willing to work things out and the organization has followed suit. Tessler told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Monday that Mostert and the 49ers will “hopefully” be able to come to some sort of mutual agreement.
Mostert’s camp officially requested a trade back on July 8th following “months of unproductive talks.” The 28-year-old is set to enter the second year of a three-year, $8.7 million contract he signed with the 49ers prior to the 2019 season.
At the time of his signing, Mostert was seen as nothing more than a rotational running back and core special-teamer. However, the former undrafted free agent broke out in 2019 rushing for a team-leading 772 yards and eight touchdowns on a stellar 5.6 yards per carry.
Before that season, Mostert had received only 40 career carries — 34 of which came the year prior — in his four years in the league. But now going into 2020, he’s the presumed top running back on the defending NFC champions.
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Raheem Mostert’s reportedly requested pay raise seems reasonable, but every dollar counts for the 49ers.
Due just over $3 million in 2020, there’s no doubt that Mostert is due a pay raise. But with extensions due for players like George Kittle and Fred Warner in the near future, the 49ers are understandably being stingy with their money.
Mostert has insisted that all he wants is to be paid as much as the highest-paid running back on the team, that being veteran Tevin Coleman who’s set to make just south of $5 million this season.
That doesn’t seem like much of a raise, but every dollar counts given the 49ers’ tricky cap situation. However, if reports are to be believed, it seems as though the two sides might be able to work things out.
After trading away Matt Breida in the offseason, the 49ers can ill-afford to lose Mostert. And fortunately, it appears as though cooler heads are set to prevail.