Raheem Mostert Requests Trade

Grant Cohn

This was avoidable. And predictable.

After requesting a raise the 49ers refused to give him, running back Raheem Mostert now has requested a trade, according to his agent, Brett Tessler.

Mostert signed a three-year extension with the 49ers in 2019 that pays him $2.9 million per season—it's a special-teams contract, as his agent pointed out. He had just 42 career carries before last season. But midway through the 2019 season, he became the 49ers lead running back and led the NFL in yards per carry with 5.6. He was one of the main reasons the 49ers went to the Super Bowl; they might not have made it had he not run for 220 yards and four touchdowns in the NFC championship game against the Packers.

Now he's the 49ers main running back, and wants a raise. Can you blame him? Wouldn't you want a raise? Fair is fair. If the 49ers want him to be their running back, they should pay him like a running back. At least acknowledge that his role on the team has changed. Don't blatantly take advantage of him. He's 28. His career might not last much longer.

The 49ers currently have more than $12 million in cap space. If they were to give Mostert an additional $2.4 million in 2020, he would be one of the 10 highest-paid running backs in the NFL. $2.4 million is nothing to the 49ers.

The 49ers are being stubborn and self destructive. They need Mostert in 2020—they probably can't win the Super Bowl without him. Maybe they could if they still had running back Matt Breida, but they traded him to the Dolphins. So Mostert's backup is Tevin Coleman, who's mediocre.

Better to give Mostert an additional $2.4 million than to trade him out of spite. He's worth far more than whatever the 49ers would get in return for him.

Comments (6)
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Mitchell Alan
Mitchell Alan

Thought of Breida immediately when I heard of the Mostert trade request. That Breida trade for a lousy low draft pick was a 49er oopsy. Because the only guy who has looked half as good as Mostert in the last few years is a guy who looked JUST AS GOOD -- Matt Breida.


The people that say Mostert has no leverage. Just imagine him holding out and we have to start the season without Deebo and our best RB. We could easily come out the gate 0-1 losing to Arizona. Lynch needs to fix this fast. Cut Coleman and pay Mostert that 2 extra million. This is a no brainer move.


Maybe Mostert should show he can be a reliable RB for a whole season first before asking for a new contract when he just signed 1 just last year.

What is Mostert's leverage to negotiate with? 6 other teams had cut him. So maybe he caught lightning in a bottle as those other 6 teams must have seen something or not see enough to cut him and Kyle's plays makes it easy for him.

If the 49ers give him a new contract, what about the next guy who wants 1 when he just signed 1 last year and still has 2 years remaining on the current contract?


They should of cut Coleman back in March and we would saved 4 million. It would be a devastating blow if they decided to keep Coleman and pay him more than Mostert just because Coleman is one of Kyles favorites.