Which Players the 49ers could Trade for Jamal Adams

Grant Cohn

Raheem Mostert wants off the 49ers. Jamal Adams wants off the Jets. Can these teams help each other?

Absolutely.

The 49ers need to improve their secondary -- they could use Adams, the best strong safety in the NFL. And the Jets must improve their running game -- it ranked last out of 32 teams in yards per carry last season. They could use Raheem Mostert, who led all running backs in yards per carry in 2019.

The Jets don’t want to trade Adams, but may not have a choice. He has demanded a trade, and listed the 49ers as one of seven teams he would agree to join. And the 49ers reportedly have interest in trading for Adams, according to Sports Illustrated’s Corbin Smith and me.

The 49ers probably don’t want to trade Mostert, either -- he was incredibly valuable last season. But what if he can help them trade for Adams? What if the Jets covet Mostert?

Some media have speculated the Jets covet 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey. But this offseason, the Jets spent their first-round pick on left tackle Mekhi Becton, and gave a three-year, $27.3 million contract to right tackle George Fant. Those two have to start -- the Jets invested too much in them to park either one on the bench. So where does McGlinchey figure in? Teams don’t rotate offensive tackles.

But they certainly rotate running backs.

Mostert seems like a better fit for the Jets than McGlinchey. Mostert can split carries with Le’Veon Bell, who used to be great but averaged just 3.2 yards per carry last season and hasn’t averaged more than 4 yards per carry since 2016. Sharing a workload with Mostert might revive Bell’s career.

The 49ers could offer the Jets Mostert, Jaquiski Tartt and a first-round draft pick for Adams. Mostert and Tartt each probably are worth third-round picks. And the Jets have $24.4 million in cap space, so they can afford to give Mostert a raise and also pay Tartt, who would replace Adams in their secondary.

And the 49ers actually would save money in 2020 by doing this trade, because they would create more than $4.4 million in cap space, which they could use to re-sign George Kittle. And trading Mostert would allow the 49ers to save future draft picks they’d have to include in this trade if he weren’t in it.

Seems like a fair deal for both sides.

Comments (7)
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ScarletnGoldRonin
ScarletnGoldRonin

Mostert can go if he really wants to. I see comments saying that Mostert has taken the running game to another level when he got more playing time. That's false. Our run game suffered when the best TE and FB in football went down hurt. Oh remember when we lost both starting tackles? Not to mention the coaching staff found Breida, and Mostert. If we start giving in to every Tom, Dick and Harry who start playing well then everyone will start lining up for money mid contract. Mostert is mad, be mad at your agent. He negotiated the contract! Let's not forget that Shanhan and Turner have found RBs that have had success from late round picks to undrafted FAs. No I don't want him gone. He has great vision and burst, but if he wants to play hardball. Trade him to say the Jags, Skins (whatever name they go by now) or the Bungals. Let's see how he does there and he much he likes it.

coachtj
coachtj

.....Grant Cohn is still employed?

Boise49erfan
Boise49erfan

Is $2.9 million dollars in 2020 season really that bad for Mostert? My issue is that if the 49ers start renegotiating contracts every time that a player has a better than expected season, then that would set a horrible and costly precedent.

And maybe I am drinking the Shanahan Kool-Aid, but a good running back in his offensive system can look like a great running back. I give Shanahan more credit than Mostert.

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Niner4life41
Niner4life41

It’s bad when he proved to be better than Coleman last year who’s getting paid almost 5 million this year. I can see your point though with other players feeling slighted and underpaid and want the same benefits. Moseley is only making 675k this year and he’s worth more than Witherspoon who’s making almost 2 million. DJ Jones is making way less than Solomon Thomas and deserves to paid more than him. Deebo is making less than Kendrick Bourne and deserves to be paid more than him. It could cause a slippery slope down the road.

Mitchell Alan
Mitchell Alan

I'll give this time. I don't think Mostert wants off the Niner SuperBowl Love Train.

Mostert and his agent are posturing, because that often makes money.

Niner4life41
Niner4life41

Everyone assumes that if we trade for Adams that Tartt will be in the package. Let’s not forget the Jets just drafted Ashtyn Davis safety from Cal so they may just want to roll with the young rookie. And if we can’t move Tartt in the deal he would be way too expensive to be a backup if we landed Adams. Just some food for thought. If the Jets aren’t interested in Tartt I think that rules us out. As for trading Mostert....I think everyone is getting over confident with this thinking that Shanahan can produce any running back in this system. Since Kyle has got here in San Fran, he’s never had a RB as good as Mostert. In 2017 Hyde averaged 3.9 YPC, in 2018 Morris averaged 3.9 YPC, and in 2019 Coleman and Wilson both averaged 4 YPC or less. Brenda was our 2nd best back and he’s gone. The last 9 games of the season Coleman had 1 TD and was averaging 3.1 YPC. Mostert literary took this running game to another level down the stretch. I hope lynch doesn’t give in and trade him away.

Edgar_64
Edgar_64

Yeah i mean it's not like the Jets have a ton of money invested in Bell already ... or that they just experienced getting a top tier running back , who flopped on their team ... or that runningbacks in Shannahan (Mike & Kyle) offenses don't do nearly as well once they leave those offenses. And the value of Adams over Tartt is worth the loss of Mostert who was far better than Coleman, or an oft-injured McKinnon.... or .... Wait.......i'm beginning to think there are flaws in your idea Lowell ... err Grant... same thing


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