After demanding a trade earlier in the off season, 49ers running back Raheem Mostert has agreed to restructure his contract and stay with San Fran. This is a huge decision for the 49ers, as it seemed likely they were going to need to trade Mostert, and lose a big part of their running back group. Instead, he stays, and the 49ers return almost their entire roster from last season’s trip to the Super Bowl.
There were plenty of rumours about Mostert being sent to a team where he is a clear cut starter, like New England or Tampa Bay, but this is still the best fit for him. He does not seem like a player who would thrive getting 20+ touches every week, but rather fits perfectly in the 49ers scheme where there are other running backs getting serious work. Mostert is still a 1A at this point, but with less pressure and touches, he has more of a chance to contribute.
For the 49ers, this is great news as well. Their offense is effective due to their dominant run game, and keeping every RB fresh is a key. Mostert, Coleman and Mckinnon all offer something different as a runner, and they need that running game at its best with limited weapons besides Kittle and Samuel. Mostert will be a key player for them again this season, as a change of pace running back who will still likely lead the team in carries and yards.