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Raheem Mostert, 49ers agree to three-year contract, agent announces

Raheem Mostert, 49ers agree to three-year contract, agent announces

The 49ers agreed to a three-year contract with running back and special teams stand-out Raheem Mostert on Friday, according to his agent Brett Tessler. 

Tessler had previously announced that he was attempting to broker a multi-year deal for Mostert to remain with the team. Not being able to come to terms at the time, Tessler stated Mostert would take the restricted tender the team had offered and remain in Santa Clara for 2019. 

Mostert was scheduled to make $2.025 million as a restricted free-agent after four seasons in the NFL.

In 2018, he rushed the ball 34 times for a career-high 261 yards and one touchdown. He also recorded six tackles on special teams.

Mostert’s 2018 was cut short after breaking his arm and being placed on injured reserve in early November.

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The 49ers now have an extremely crowded backfield that already featured Matt Breida and Jerick McKinnon by bringing back Mostert and signing free agent Tevin Coleman.

Coach Kyle Shanahan has never suited four running backs in one game. One talented player is sure to be inactive on game days, and it likely won't be Mostert because of his abilities on special teams.

Arik Armstead looking forward to playing aggressive style on 49ers' D-line

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Arik Armstead looking forward to playing aggressive style on 49ers' D-line

Arik Armstead enters his fifth NFL season finally secure in the knowledge that not only he knows where he fits best along the 49ers’ defensive line, but his coaches also have a handle on his role.

“It’s kind of unfortunate with injuries early in my career, and new coaches coming in, we have this guy who can do X, Y and Z, but he hasn’t been on the field to go through a whole season to lock down a position,” Armstead said on the 49ers Insider Podcast.

“But I think now having a whole year, having a coaching staff for three years now, playing in the same scheme, I think my coaches know me a lot better. They know what I can do and they know how to use me.”

Armstead figures to line up at “big end” in the 49ers’ base defense. He is best-suited for playing the five-technique, lining up on the outside shoulder of an opposing offensive lineman or in the “wide nine,” in which he moves to the outside of the tight end.

“And on third down I’m an inside, dominant pass-rusher rushing against guards,” Armstead said. “That’s kind of the game plan they have for me.”

Armstead figures to benefit from the teachings of new defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, whom the 49ers hired shortly after the end of the season when the Miami Dolphins fired coach Adam Gase and did not retain most of his coaching staff.

“There are read defenses and there are attacking defenses,” Armstead said. “He really wants us to attack and get off the ball and establish a new line of scrimmage and be violent and physical out there and kind of wreak havoc. So that’s the mentality that he’s preaching and how he wants us to play.”

After struggling with shoulder and hand injuries in 2016 and ’17 that limited him to just 14 games and 10 starts in those two seasons, Armstead started all 16 games last season. He was constantly moved around on the defensive line in his first three NFL seasons.

"Yeah, I definitely felt that frustration, being moved around,” Armstead said.

“As a D-lineman, you’re moved around a lot. I think I’m versatile, so I think when there’s much expected out of you, much is required.”

With more of a defined role last season, Armstead recorded a career-best 48 tackles and three sacks. He proved to be a dominant defender against the run, and has the potential to break out as a pass-rusher. The 49ers picked up his fifth-year option, paying him more than $9 million for the upcoming season.

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DeForest Buckner recorded 12 sacks last season, and the 49ers acquired outside pass rusher Dee Ford in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers are likely to use the No. 2 overall draft pick to select another top pass-rush threat.

“I’m going to be productive when I’m on the field and get pressure and get sacks and do my job,” Armstead said. “It’s going to make it a lot easier having a lot of talent around me.”

NFL draft rumors: 49ers give strong consideration to Quinnen Williams

NFL draft rumors: 49ers give strong consideration to Quinnen Williams

SANTA CLARA – It would have to take a special talent for the 49ers to, once again, invest their top draft pick in a defensive tackle.

Quinnen Williams could be that person, according to 49ers general manager John Lynch.

The 49ers have the No. 2 overall pick in the draft on Thursday, and the top candidates to hear their names called in that spot are Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa and Williams, who started just one season at nose tackle at Alabama and finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

And, yes, just because the team has selected Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas in the first rounds of drafts the past five years, Williams is still considered a legitimate option for the team.

“Just because he’s an excellent football player,” Lynch said. “The season he had may have been as good of a college football season that I’ve ever seen. He was just dominant.

“What a season he had. He’s a spectacular player. When you look at how your roster is currently comprised, when you have an opportunity to take a talent like that, you certainly look at every avenue to improve your team.”

Alabama coach Nick Saban told Williams he would have to gain weight in order to realize his goal of being the team’s starting nose tackle in 2018. That is what Williams did. In addition to recording 19.5 tackles for loss, he also registered eight sacks on the season.

Lynch said he does not necessarily consider Williams a nose tackle or a three-technique, a position that lines up on the outside shoulder of the opposing offensive guard.

“He can play anything, that guy,” Lynch said. “He’s special.”

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Lynch said he foresees no negatives to adding a player such as Williams to the team’s existing group of interior defensive linemen, which includes Pro Bowl player DeForest Buckner, who recorded 12 sacks last season.

“If he ended up here there’s room for all those guys,” Lynch said of Williams. “We really feel like that. The one thing we’ve tried to do is take some versatile players that can have the flexibility to play inside, outside. And I think that gives you flexibility in who you bring in.

“Philosophically, coming in waves. We like having strength in numbers and strength in the quality of those numbers.”