Cohen's new Bears contract shows Mostert's value to 49ers


The Chicago Bears reached a contract extension with an offensive player Saturday, but it wasn't for wide receiver Allen Robinson.

Instead, the Bears signed Tarik Cohen to a three-year deal that actually shows how smartly the 49ers handled their own running back situation.

Cohen's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Media's Ian Rapoport that the running back's extension is worth $17.25 million in new money, good for $5.75 million per season.

That's nearly twice as much as what the 49ers pay running back Raheem Mostert, showing just how valuable that contract is for San Francisco. In July, Mostert and the 49ers agreed to a revised contract that could pay him an additional $2.75 million in incentives and bonuses.

Mostert, who's signed through 2021, is making $2.875 million in base salary this season, according to Spotrac, and $2.575 million next season. And the simple fact is he's a better running back than Cohen.

The 28-year-old broke out in last season's NFC Championship Game for the 49ers when he rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns. Despite the 49ers having a three-back rotation along with Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon, Mostert is expected to lead the 49ers this season. He proved that, too, in their season opener by rushing for 56 yards and adding 95 receiving yards and a 76-yard touchdown.

Cohen had just 41 rushing yards and 6 receiving yards in the Bears' Week 1 win.

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Mostert had 772 rushing yards and 180 receiving yards in the regular season last year, then added 336 rushing yards in the playoffs. Cohen made the Pro Bowl in 2018 when he had 444 rushing yards, 725 receiving yards and 411 punt-return yards. But in 2019, he finished with just 213 rushing yards and 456 receiving yards.

Cohen, 25, is three years younger than Mostert, and has proven to be a versatile weapon in Chicago's offense. As a pure running back, though, Mostert seems to be higher on the ladder than Cohen, and he's improving as a pass-catching option.

So, after seeing Cohen's extension, the 49ers have to feel even better about Mostert's contract situation.