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NFL rumors: New Raheem Mostert, Kendrick Bourne contracts in 49ers' plans

NFL rumors: New Raheem Mostert, Kendrick Bourne contracts in 49ers' plans

As the 49ers and George Kittle try to iron out what is sure to be a massive contract extension, the reigning NFC champions also are looking at giving extensions to two other offensive pieces.

The Athletic's Matt Barrows reported Wednesday that "extensions for Raheem Mostert and Kendrick Bourne have been discussed."

Mostert is signed through 2021, but he is in line for a pay raise after the 2019 campaign he had. Mostert evolved into one of the 49ers' key offensive options throughout the season and ended up leading the team in rushing with 772 yards. Mostert, of course, exploded in the NFC Championship Game win over the Green Bay Packers when he ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-20 win.

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With Matt Breida now a member of the Miami Dolphins and Jerick McKinnon's health still a question mark, Mostert will enter the season as the No. 1 back and a focal point of an offense that is laser-focused on getting back to the Super Bowl and finishing the job.

As for Bourne, he was tendered this offseason as a restricted free agent, and will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

Originally undrafted out of Eastern Washington, the 49ers gave Bourne a chance to make it at the NFL level, and he has improved every season of his young career. Last season, Bourne caught a career-high five touchdown passes and caught six passes for 88 yards and a touchdown during the 49ers' playoff run.

Bourne has been working hard this offseason in San Jose, with picture and video flooding social media to show that he plans to take another leap in 2020.

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At just 24 years old, Bourne's football still is ahead of him, and the 49ers would like to keep him in the pattern for the foreseeable future.

49ers' Mike McGlinchey hopes NFL players hold themselves accountable

49ers' Mike McGlinchey hopes NFL players hold themselves accountable

The 49ers are scheduled to open the 2020 NFL season on Sept. 13 against the Arizona Cardinals.

They will compete head-to-head against the teams on their 16-game regular-season schedule, but 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey also is mindful that all players – even those on different teams – are on the same side in trying to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Typically, almost anything goes in the midst of a pileup at the line of scrimmage, where the same defensive linemen and offensive linemen might be waging one-on-one battles in close quarters for more than 60 snaps a game.

This season, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, more might be at stake on game days than just the outcome of a football game.

“You really hope guys are really pros about everything that’s going on this season because it’s not just your teammates and your teammates’ families,” McGlinchey said Monday in a video call with Bay Area reporters. “Once you start playing games, you’re affecting the entire league at that point.

“Hopefully, everybody can have the discipline and control and the accountability to one another that we can make this thing move as smoothly as possible, especially in the trenches when we are up close and personal.”

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The hopes of the NFL being able to carry out an entire season will be contingent on teams reducing the spread of the virus. Oakley has developed a clear plastic face shield designed to block the direct path of droplets while allowing for airflow and soundwaves for communication.

McGlinchey said he will try it out at some point in training camp once helmets are allowed during practices, but he will not switch to the new protective device if he believes it hinders his ability to breathe.

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George Kittle's agent says 'minimal' progress in 49ers contract talks

George Kittle's agent says 'minimal' progress in 49ers contract talks

George Kittle is participating in training camp, but the elephant in the room doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.

The 49ers tight end is entering the last year of his rookie contract, and thus is eligible to sign a massive contract extension. Jack Bechta, Kittle's agent, told NFL Media's Mike Silver on Sunday that the sides haven't made much headway.

"[Bechta] said progress has been minimal, and later reinforced that by texting me an inchworm emoji to underscore that fact," Silver recalled Monday on NFL Network. "It's not just money -- there is structure, and how much money a player like George Kittle could get upfront (and) how much would actually be guaranteed.

"And at the heart of all this has been somewhat of a philosophical divide between the 49ers, who say, 'Listen, we want to pay you more than any tight end ever because you're the greatest tight end,' and Kittle's camp which saying, 'Don't view me as a tight end. I was just voted the seventh-best player in football at any position.' "

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Kittle arguably has been the best tight end in the NFL over the last two seasons, setting the position's single-season record for receiving yards (1,377) in 2018 and making the All-Pro First Team last season. No other 49ers tight end has ever had 1,000-plus receiving yards in a season, and Kittle has done it twice. The 26-year-old also is a key blocker in San Francisco's running game, which accrued more yards on the ground (2,305) last season than all but one other team.

He's incredibly valuable to the 49ers, and Kittle's banking on that value translating into a precedent-smashing contract that will pay him more like a wide receiver than a top tight tend. The 49ers, at least so far, don't seem willing to go there just yet.

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Can Kittle and the 49ers bridge the divide before the start of the season on Sept. 13? Silver said this is a "big week" for the negotiations because it's the last before Kittle "puts himself in a more perilous position, potentially, when real practices start."

If this week is going to mark any kind of progress, the inchworm is going to need to evolve rather quickly.