A “high-ranking” 49ers official met with Raheem Mostert earlier today in an effort to clear the air, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Agent Brett Tessler expressed some optimism about things being worked out, so it’s possible that the two sides will be able to move forward together.
Frustrated with the lack of progress in extension talks, Mostert requested a trade earlier this month. The Niners are understandably reluctant to give him a new deal – he still has two years to go on his three-year, $8.7MM contract.
Mostert, meanwhile, wants to strike while the iron is hot. Once a special teams player, he has emerged as a legitimate backfield threat. In 2018, he averaged 7.7 yards per carry on 34 totes. Last year, he proved that he can do it on a larger scale – he broke out with a team-leading 772 yards and led the NFC West with 5.6 yards per carry. Then came the NFC title game, where he set an all-time record with four rushing TDs.
Mostert, 28, has a limited window to secure big bucks. He won’t approach the numbers scored by Derrick Henry on his new Titans deal, but that contract could give his camp some juice as they argue against the usual knocks on RB contracts.
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