Kyle’s update, 2:43 p.m.: Mostert wants to be paid like Tevin Coleman. There’s a way for the 49ers to make this happen.
Spoke with @TesslerSports about RB Raheem Mostert and his trade demand from #49ers. His request was simply to bring Mostert in line with the highest paid RBs on the team. Tevin Coleman makes $4.55M in 2020 and that’s where Mostert wants to be. He has two years left on his deal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 8, 2020
Out of nowhere, to us, at least, San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert has requested a trade. His agent tweeted this, and Mostert retweeted the tweet:
After months of unproductive talks with the 49ers about fairly adjusting Raheem Mostert's contract (which paid him for special teams) we have requested a trade. Disappointing that it would come to this for a guy who led all NFL RBs in YPC & helped lead them to the Super Bowl.— Brett Tessler (@TesslerSports) July 8, 2020
I understand Mostert’s point of view. He wants to be fairly compensated after showing what he’s capable of. This is the first major contract discord to my knowledge during the John Lynch/Kyle Shanahan era. Mostert plays running back, and we’ve seen how the NFL views that position.
Mostert’s contract has two years left with zero guaranteed money. He has a base salary of $2.5 million in 2020. If I’m a running back, the last thing I’m doing is requesting a trade away from Shanahan’s offense. This is a business, and players have every right to want to be paid what they believe their value is. At the time Mostert signed his contract, it was a good deal. Things changed for Mostert on the field as he went on to be one of the best running backs during the second half of the NFL. I’m not sure what the market would be for Mostert, who is 28, and if the 49ers would be willing to give him up for next to nothing.