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What Raheem Mostert's agent says client wants in 49ers trade demand

What Raheem Mostert's agent says client wants in 49ers trade demand

49ers running back Raheem Mostert's trade demand carries another motive, according to his agent.

Within an hour of announcing Mostert's trade demand Wednesday, Brett Tessler told NFL Media's Ian Rapoport that Mostert "simply" wants his salary "in line" with teammate Tevin Coleman's.

Coleman's $4.55 million base salary is nearly $2 million more than Mostert's $2.575 million, according to Over the Cap. Mostert's salary is not guaranteed, whereas $2 million of Coleman's became guaranteed on April 1. Coleman can earn nearly $4.9 million after workout and roster bonuses, and Mostert can make up to $2.825 million if he hits all his roster bonuses.

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Mostert (151) and Coleman (158) had nearly the same number of total touches during the regular season, with each player rushing an identical 137 times. But Mostert led the team in regular-season rushing yards (772) and rushing touchdowns (eight), becoming the 49ers' top back down the stretch and having over twice as many carries (117) and touches (126) as Coleman (55; 58) from Week 13 onward.

Prior to that stretch, Mostert had 113 rushing attempts and 127 touches in the preceding 31 games. Coleman, meanwhile, signed with the 49ers as a free agent in 2019 after averaging 165.5 touches per season in four years with the Atlanta Falcons.

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Whether the 49ers meet either of Mostert's demands remains to be seen.

He still has two years left on his contract (including 2020), and the 49ers currently have the NFL's eighth-highest salary-cap number on running backs. San Francisco has just over $12 million in salary-cap space, but that number conceivably could diminish if star tight end George Kittle's contract extension includes a reworked 2020 cap number.

Kittle's set to count just over $2.2 million against the cap this season. Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who has the NFL's highest cap number at the position, counts just shy of $12.5 million against the cap.

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.