Raheem Mostert has agreed to a restructured contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
At the time, Mostert was coming off a breakout 2019 season with the 49ers where the former undrafted free agent rushed for a team-leading 772 yards and eight touchdowns on an exceptional 5.6 yards per carry.
It was an ascent that seemingly came out of nowhere. After all, Mostert had entered the year with 42 carry carries in four seasons — 34 of which had come the year prior.
No one expected Mostert to become the 49ers’ top back in 2019 but that exactly what happened. And going into 2020, it was assumed that he would retain that role, especially following the departure of Matt Breida in the offseason.
The only problem was that he wasn’t being paid as the 49ers’ top running back. Instead, Mostert’s contract represented the special-teams ace that signed the deal back in the 2019 offseason.
Understandably, Mostert wanted a pay raise heading into the 2020 season. And while he may have been a little blunt with his request of a trade, it clearly got general manager John Lynch listening.
Raheem Mostert’s trade request clearly got the 49ers’ attention.
Mostert did not receive any new years on the contract as it still runs through the 2021 season. However, he received a boost in incentives that could double his $2.87 million salary in 2020 to over $5 million.
For Mostert, this was clearly all about incentives. He didn’t necessarily want any extra guaranteed money, but he did want an opportunity to make more if he performed well.
Essentially, if Mostert did his part he wanted the 49ers to do theirs. And that’s exactly what the details of his new contract entail.
And now that Mostert has his new contract, he’s once again a happy customer.