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Raheem Mostert plans to play on one-year restricted tender with 49ers

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Raheem Mostert plans to play on one-year restricted tender with 49ers

49ers running back Raheem Mostert plans to take his one-year tender as a restricted free agent, according to his agent.

The 49ers and Mostert's agent, Brett Tessler, spoke this offseason about a multi-year contract extension. However, Mostert figures to play out the season to become an unrestricted free agent a year from now.

"After discussions with the San Francisco 49ers about a multi-year deal for RB Raheem Mostert, we decided to take the Restricted tender and look forward to a great 2019," Tessler wrote on Twitter.

Mostert has yet to sign the tender and is still able to negotiate with other teams until April 19. If another team signs Mostert to an offer sheet, the 49ers would have the right of first refusal to match the deal to retain him.

Mostert is scheduled to earn $2.025 million this season as a fourth-year professional. He is expected to serve as the team's No. 3 running back behind Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida, while also contributing on all special teams.

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Mostert proved to be a valuable backup running back, as well as one of the best special-teams players in the league. Mostert saw action in nine games before sustaining a fractured forearm against the Raiders. He averaged 7.7 yards a carry on 34 rushing attempts.

Jalen Ramsey-Aaron Donald best NFL duo? Marcell Harris says this isn't NBA

Jalen Ramsey-Aaron Donald best NFL duo? Marcell Harris says this isn't NBA

The 49ers' much-improved defense has plenty of star power, but so do their rivals in Los Angeles after a blockbuster trade Tuesday. 

The Rams traded a trio of draft picks -- two first-rounders and one fourth-rounder -- to the Jacksonville Jaguars for star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, giving LA two of the NFL best players at their respective positions when you remember that defensive tackle defensive lineman force of nature Aaron Donald also plies his trade in Tinseltown. 

It'd be difficult to find a pair of players on the same defense better than Ramsey and Donald, ESPN's "SportsCenter" account posed the question on Twitter if there is a better duo of defensive cornerstones around the NFL. The problem, according to 49ers safety Marcell Harris? There are nine other players on a defense. 

Harris has a point. Star power can only get you so far in the NFL -- even at historically important positions like quarterback or edge rusher -- because of the league's commitment to parity above all else. When it comes to the NBA, a team with the two best players on the court wins in the regular season and playoffs more often than not. 

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While this is not necessarily Harris' gripe, the 49ers have a strong case to have a duo under consideration. Whether pairing defensive lineman DeForest Buckner and edge rusher Nick Bosa or swapping out one for one of linebackers Kwon Alexander and Fred Warner, San Francisco has a few cornerstones in its front seven. It's that group that made the Ramsey trade a head-scratcher to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, who argued that the Rams' offensive line should have been a bigger concern than their secondary considering the 49ers' success in Week 6.

Still, Ramsey and Donald are as good as what they do as just about anyone else in the NFL. The 49ers will get their first look at them in the same defense in Week 16 at Levi's Stadium, and they'll see firsthand whether the duo's dominance lifts the rest of the Rams defense. 

49ers practice report: Raheem Mostert day-to-day for Washington game

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49ers practice report: Raheem Mostert day-to-day for Washington game

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers added just one player to the Week 7 injury report ahead of Sunday's game in Washington. Raheem Mostert is day-to-day with a knee strain, according to the team.

Without any setbacks, the players who were active in the 49ers' Week 6 win over the Los Angeles Rams likely will see the field again in Washington. 

Injured left tackle Joe Staley pushed a weighted sled on the adjoining field near the 49ers' weight room during Wednesday's practice, indicating that his recovery from a broken fibula is on schedule. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that he believes Staley could play as soon as Halloween against the Arizona Cardinals 

49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, who has missed the last two games with a strained foot, is projected to return in Week 8 against the Carolina Panthers. Before each of the last two games, Witherspoon threw the ball around with the 49ers' wide receivers during warmups. 

49ers practice report 

Did Not Practice
DT DeForest Buckner (vet day)
DT D.J. Jones (hamstring)
FB Kyle Juszczyk (knee)
TE George Kittle (groin)
T Mike McGlinchey (knee)
RB Raheem Mostert (knee)
WR Deebo Samuel (groin)
T Joe Staley (fibula)
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot)

Limited
DE Dee Ford (quadricep)
CB K'Waun Williams (hand)

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Washington practice report

Did Not Practice
QB Case Keenum (right shoulder/foot)
S Deshazor Everett (ankle) 
LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (hamstring)
G Wes Martin (chest)
CB Josh Norman (thigh/hand) 
RB Adrian Peterson (quad) 
RB Chris Thompson (toe)

Limited
TE Vernon Davis (concussion)
T Donald Penn (not injury related)