NFC West Notes: Seahawks, 49ers, Mostert

After signing a one-year, $2.75MM deal with the Seahawks last month, veteran running back Carlos Hyde is expected to see most of his action on early-down plays, according to Brady Henderson of ESPN.com. Incumbent starter Chris Carson isn’t expected to lose any work to Hyde that he wouldn’t have to Rashaad Penny (who is likely to begin the regular season on the physically unable to perform list), meaning that Carson should still see the bulk of the carries in Seattle. While Carson has posted only 57 receptions over the past two seasons, Henderson notes that’s more a function of the Seahawks’ run-based offense than a comment on Carson’s ability as a three-down back. Hyde, meanwhile, has $500K worth of per-game roster bonuses in his contract, which Henderson adds is a favorite technique of Seattle’s front office. If Hyde doesn’t play well enough to be active for most games, the Seahawks could recoup a small bit of cash.

Here’s more from the NFC West:

  • While George Kittle is believed to be next in line for a 49ers extension, running back Raheem Mostert could land a new deal before the star tight end, as Matt Barrows of The Athletic writes. On one hand, Mostert is certainly underpaid. He signed a three-year extension last spring with an annual value of less than $3MM. Mostert was largely a special teams player at the time, but after posting 772 yards and eight touchdowns in 2020, he’s worth more. On the other hand, San Francisco controls Mostert’s rights through the 2021 campaign, he’s already 28 years old, and running back’s shelf lives are notoriously short.
  • Trent Williams played alongside a bevy of average-or-worse quarterbacks during his time with the Redskins, but the veteran left tackle believes he’s stepping into an excellent signal-caller situation with the 49ers“I think Jimmy [Garoppolo] is awesome,” Williams told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. “I think he has proven that he’s a quarterback that you can win with…From being in my position, not having a lot of success in the league, having a good quarterback then to having a kind of musical chairs back there, I know the importance of it. So I’m extremely happy just to be part of an offense that really don’t need me to win. I add to it.” San Francisco, which acquired Williams in exchange for third- and fifth-round picks, hasn’t worked out an extension with the 31-year-old, but reportedly has agreed to give him more money upfront.
  • In case you missed it, the Rams were one of several teams to gain additional cap space earlier this week thanks to the NFL’s post-June 1 release system.
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13 comments on “NFC West Notes: Seahawks, 49ers, Mostert

  1. Simmons>Russ

    I think the 9ers will go back to the super bowl this year.
    Trent Williams is a great tackle to pick up, they traded Buckner then got a replacement in the draft with Javon Kinlaw. Deebo Samuel will be another year older and ready, Brandon Ayiuk I think will be a solid addition to the team.

    I think that strong defence will overpower a lot of teams and then on offence you have a good/decent line with young receivers a great TE, a few good RBs and a QB that isn’t special but can do a good job.

    • cant_teach_speed

      I agree. They had a really nice off-season. Really only added pieces, didn’t loose anything.

  2. JJB0811

    I still don’t know why Seattle insists on being a run heavy O, with a HoF QB. Sure, they should have run Lynch in SB, but that was years ago!

    • wagner13

      I believe they do it for ball-control purposes. The defense isn’t the dominant force it once was, so keeping it fresh and off the field makes sense

      • seattlesuperfan

        Yeah time of possession general wins football games. Unless it’s a rapid fire offense but then defenses get deflated

    • ayrbhoy

      JJB0811 – I was surprised to see my Hawks actually threw the ball more than they ran it in 2019. 55% of our plays were passing plays, that’s up roughly 10% from last year.
      I was even more surprised to see we threw the ball more often on 1st down this year also. Funny, when I think of Seahawks first plays on downs I picture Russ handing the ball off to CC32 but 57% of 1st down plays were passing plays in 2019 and from what I’ve read- we’re going to run even more passing plays next season.

      Interestingly the year the 49ers got back to the SB they did so with a (mostly) run heavy Offense. TBH it was well balanced, 52% of the time, but they ran the ball more than they passed. They had the 2nd lowest pass play percentage in the NFL. Interesting

  3. wagner13

    “From being in my position, not having a lot of success in the league, having a good quarterback then to having a kind of musical chairs back there, I know the importance of it.”

    Is Williams taking an indirect shot at Cousins? If so, that’s quite unfair. Cousins isn’t spectacular, but he’s a solid starter and arguably just as talented as Garoppolo. He’s certainly better than the likes of Haskins, McCoy, and Keenum

    • claude raymond

      Read this again, “having a good quarterback then to having a kind of musical chairs back there, I know the importance of it.”

      I read that to mean they had a good qb (cousins) “then” things became “musical chairs”. Sounds to me he complimented cousins and DIDNT take a shot.

      At least that’s how I read it

  4. king beas

    No reason to extend Mostert he’s under contract for 2 years and at the end he’ll be 30. Shanahan can turn anyone into a great rb he’s easily replaceable

    • wagner13

      Yeah, just look at Freeman and Coleman: Completely lost without Shanahan’s offensive schemes

  5. washington_bonercats

    Message to Burrow is a bust: I will not stop until I get your racist ass off this site.

  6. Ak185

    I’m not sure that Mostert isn’t replaceable, but Kittle certainly is not. If Mostert does a team friendly deal then he’ll be extended before Kittle. If he ends up wanting more and not taking a deal that the 9ers like, I don’t think they’ll break the bank for him. Even though the 9ers don’t have a clear replacement, they got by with a platoon before and if McKinnon is able to play this year, Mostert may end up being allowed to walk. In any case, I do see the 9ers drafting someone next year at the position.

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