San Francisco 49ers General Manager John Lynch admitted he wasn't especially thrilled after running back Raheem Mostert publicly asked for a trade back in June. After helping the 49ers make the Super Bowl last season, Mostert made it clear he wanted to get an extension, and while the two sides were having difficulties reaching an agreement, the running back publicly asked for a trade through his agent.
Mostert, who went undrafted in the 2015 NFL draft, enjoyed an outstanding campaign last season as he rushed for 772 yards and eight touchdowns -- what makes it impressive is that the running back carried the ball only 137 times and his average of 5.6 yards per carry was the second best.
"My reaction was, ‘What the heck are you doing? C’mon now,’” Lynch said this week on KNBR, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I was not happy”. Mostert's wish of getting a better contract was fulfilled as the 49ers renegotiated his deal this week, giving him a signing bonus and incentives that could double his salary of $2.875 million this coming season.
Lynch knows some ugly things can happen while a team and a player are negotiating a new deal. "Now, I love Raheem and I love his family,” Lynch said. “It’s sometimes frustrating during these [negotiations].
But I was a player, so I understand that you don’t talk directly with a player. You’re talking with an agent. “And sometimes I think because of that there can be things lost in communication. What we ultimately did [in revising his contract], we always planned on doing, so it’s frustrating that that did have to transpire.
But cooler heads had to prevail, and we had to understand that Raheem is a very important player to our team”.
Meanwhile, Damien Williams opts to skip the next season
Kansas City Chiefs running back Williams won't be helping his team in their bid to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles as he has opted not to play this coming season.
The Chiefs were trailing in the fourth quarter of their Super Bowl against the 49ers before Williams scored two touchdowns to put his team in front. "As an organization, we certainly understand and respect Damien’s choice, knowing it was made in the best interest of his family,” Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said in a statement.
“He means a lot to our football team as a player and a person, and we’re going to miss having him around this season”.