49ers, Raheem Mostert Agree To New Deal

The 49ers have smoothed things out with Raheem Mostert. The two sides have agreed to a restructuring to keep the running back in the fold this year, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets

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Mostert demanded a trade earlier this summer when extension talks stalled. The running back wanted a deal to reflect his 2019 performance, by way of a contract that would match Tevin Coleman‘s. Coleman is set to enter the backend of his two-year, $8.5MM deal. The Niners, predictably, pushed back – Mostert still had two seasons left on his three-year, $8.7MM pact. Ultimately, they met somewhere in the middle. Mostert’s existing deal will continue, but he’ll get a little more in the way of current year comp to stay satisfied and productive.

Happy we got things worked out and looking forward to him having another great season there,” said Mostert’s agent, Brett Tessler. “Thanks to the organization for taking care of him.”

The new deal will pay Mostert $2.575MM in base salary this year, with a $300K bonus, per Schefter. He’ll also be able to earn up to an additional $2.75MM through incentives and bonuses.

Mostert, 28, bounced around the league for a while before landing with the 49ers in 2016. The former UDFA is the team’s longest-tenured running back, but, up until 2018, he barely saw any work in the backfield. Mostert averaged 7.7 yards per carry (on 34 totes) in 2018. Then, he broke out in 2019, leading the 49ers with 772 rushing yards and pacing all running backs with 5.6 per carry. He then set a conference championship game record with four rushing touchdowns.

With Mostert firmly in the fold, the Niners are set to feature a solid stable of Mostert, Coleman, Jerick McKinnon, and Jeff Wilson.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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11 comments on “49ers, Raheem Mostert Agree To New Deal

  1. mdunkel

    Stupid to pay someone who succeed in a system for running backs and is signed for 2 more years.

    • bravesfan88

      Maybe it was the system, but Mostert’s speed is what truly helped him flourish in this system. His burst and speed allows him to get the most out of this scheme, and it is why the two need eachother…He is their best option to be successful sustaining such an excellent running game..

      In other words, they might still be good with other options, but Mostert’s speed allows them to be a great running team..

      This was a win-win…Paid their guy, didn’t cost much, and showed other players if you work hard, they will ultimately reward you fairly..

      • crosseyedlemon

        Good comment up to that last statement. By trading Buckner, the Niner management showed other players that you don’t get rewarded if you work hard.

        • aircobra

          Ignorant comment. They weren’t going to be able to pay Buckner $20m a year. They have that guy, what’s his name, Kittle something or other that they need to pay. Trading a guy and replacing him with a cheaper option via the draft was the smart thing to do. Even more so, now that the cap will most likely be lowered next year and they have to think about Bosa’s contract down the line.

          • claude raymond

            Air cobra, if you read the comments enough you’ll know that the words cross eyed lemon and ignorant comment often belong in the same sentence

        • mrshyguy99

          if you understand the sport. you know some times they have to make the hard choices who you pay and dont pay. they cant pay everyone. if they did they would be in the same spot the rams are in.

  2. ABStract

    Crazy thought of the day, but I was just trying to imagine what a sports league that’s pay system was nearly entirely incentives based would look like.
    In my scenario players would be paid AFTER the season per the incentives milestones they hit, with vets receiving negotiated guaranteed salaries for “intangibles” such as experience and leadership, on top of a league wide base salary.
    Maybe hitting individual milestones repeatedly over consecutive years or a career multiplies the payout.
    Certainly harder to project payrolls, but the meritocracy and application of analytics would be extremely interesting…
    Just had never thought about this before, there are bound to be issues, but I think it could work

    • jdh52314

      If you think some players whine about not getting the ball now, just imagine how that would go down in a world like this…

  3. claude raymond

    Mr Link, Mostert requested a trade—he didn’t demand one. Major difference. But then again, your writing demands improvement. I know you don’t care, but I’m not a fan. I request that you please write better.

  4. wagner13

    Very solid compromise. This way, Mostert gets the money he deserves if he replicates his production, while San Francisco doesn’t get screwed over if he regresses

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