Raheem Mostert doesn’t have a ton of leverage in his trade demand. He signed a three-year deal last offseason, but his success late in 2019 and through the playoffs sparked discussions between the running back’s representation and the 49ers about a higher salary. Talks faltered, and Mostert’s agent publicly demanded a trade.
The move is risky for a 28-year-old running back this late in the offseason when he has such a small sample size of offensive success in a five-year NFL career. San Francisco could just hold onto the disgruntled back and put the ball in his court on whether he’ll play or risk the ramifications of missing game time.
On the other hand, there’s some motivation for the 49ers to bump Mostert’s salary up a couple million dollars to match Tevin Coleman’s $4.55 million per season. Their depth behind Mostert and Coleman is full of question marks. Despite holding just 170 NFL carries under his belt, Mostert is one of the 49ers’ most experienced, productive backs.
Looking across the 49ers’ depth chart, it’s easy to see why Mostert took a chance that San Francisco would ultimately need him following an offseason cut short and reconfigured by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with Kyle Shanahan’s offensive scheme consistently churning out productive rushers with relative ease, the inexperience would still be a concern heading into camp.
Here are the other backs the club has to work with, and their career numbers: