Whereas San Francisco 49ers working again Raheem Mostert‘s commerce request seemingly comes only a week after he reportedly requested for a increase, the 49er’s agent says it’s really been within the making because the group’s Tremendous Bowl look.
On the finish of the 2019 season, Mostert had good motive to try to renegotiate with San Francisco. 952 whole yards and ten whole touchdowns within the common season have been adopted up by a monstrous four-touchdown efficiency towards the Inexperienced Bay Packers, which was then complemented by a two-touchdown efficiency towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in Tremendous Bowl LIV.
In accordance with NBC Sports activities’ Jennifer Lee Chan, this prompted Mostert and his agent Brett Tessler to rapidly strategy the entrance workplace in Santa Clara, California in try to restructure the working again’s contract after changing into the 49ers’ prime choice within the backfield.
In a dialog with Chan, Tessler reportedly defined that Mostert’s first request got here all the best way again in February, and that “(COVID-19) just isn’t an excuse.”
There was some response from San Francisco followers saying that the timing of the request amid a pandemic isn’t a very good look on Mostert, however with the context of Tessler’s phrases, it seems as if Mostert first requested a increase lengthy earlier than the American shutdown and ensuing developments resulting from COVID-19.
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How George Kittle and 49ers Backfield Impacts Negotiations
Whereas Tessler’s declare that he and Mostert first approached the 49ers shortly after the Tremendous Bowl does add context to the place the connection between participant and group is at the moment at, it doesn’t actually assist Mostert’s case all that a lot.
The very fact of the matter is that San Francisco already tight on cash, with slightly below $12 million in cap area and offseason-dominating conundrum of paying tight finish George Kittle. Whether or not Kittle deserves a prime receiver’s contract(upwards of $15 million,) or simply to be the NFL’s top-paid TE(someplace near $13 million,) the 49ers will already must make some changes, and Mostert doesn’t make issues simpler.
Nevertheless, in accordance with Chan’s article, Tessler and Mostert merely need to be paid in accordance with the present pay scheme within the 49ers’ backfield, which sees Tevin Coleman earn slightly below $2 million greater than Mostert, whereas fellow RB Jerick McKinnon is about to earn round $200,000 lower than the previous Purdue Boilermaker regardless of having his contract reworked.
Potential Choices for 49ers Going Ahead
Contemplating that Mostert is definitely essentially the most beneficial piece within the 49ers backfield and McKinnon is getting nearly all of his paycheck by way of bonus, the one lower that is sensible is Coleman, until the 49ers determine to trim vital depth gamers in different positions, which can not curiosity them contemplating an harm bug has appeared to sprung up this offseason.
In any other case, the 49ers can name Mostert’s bluff and see if he’ll gown out when the season comes. Buying and selling is an choice after all as effectively, however the timing and nature of Tessler’s assertion possible signifies that San Francisco gained’t get the worth that Mostert is definitely value.
For higher or worse, the way during which Tessler and Mostert have dealt with this offseason possible signifies that the working again continues to be with the group come taking part in time.
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Evan Reier is a sportswriter overlaying the San Francisco 49ers for Heavy.com and native sports activities for the Montana Commonplace in Butte, Mont. Attain out to him on Twitter at @evanreier and be a part of our 49ers group at Heavy on 49ers on Fb.