NFC Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks



  • According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, 49ers RB Raheem Mostert sees the three-year, $8.7 million deal he signed last year as a special teamer’s deal and he wants to be compensated as a running back. 
  • Mostert is eyeing his teammate 49ers RB Tevin Coleman‘s deal as a benchmark. Coleman will make $4.55 million in 2020. 
  • While Mostert would like to stay in San Francisco, if the team doesn’t acquiesce to a raise he would prefer to be traded. 
  • Mostert’s agent also told the Athletic’s Daniel Brown and David Lombardi his client is looking for more financial security than his current deal provides. 
  • Over The Cap’s Jason Fitzgerald says, per a league source, Mostert’s contract was unusual in that it included incentives for up to $1 million a year in the first two years but not the third, as they would have counted against the 2020 cap. 
  • Mostert instead has a 2021 escalator based on his 2020 performance, though it’s not guaranteed. Fitzgerald says San Francisco could move that back into the incentive column for 2020 as a compromise. 


  • The Athletic’s Rich Hammond says the Rams didn’t see any players drafted beyond the third round as an upgrade over their current options at inside linebacker. 
  • Hammond believes Rams LBs Micah Kiser and Travin Howard are the two leading candidates to start in 2020. 


Part of what makes the Seahawks and 49ers two of the top teams in the NFL is the leadership from their head coaches — Pete Carroll in Seattle and Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. 49ers CB Richard Sherman has played for both coaches and he says while both have their differences, both have great interpersonal skills. 

“(Carroll) has a way of coaching, a way of talking to his coaches, a way of having his coaches talk to his players. They don’t do the whole rah-rah, curse-you-out style. He would never hire a coach like that,” Sherman said via NFL Media’s Jim Trotter. “Kyle is similar in that he has a philosophy of the best man plays. He doesn’t care about your draft position or any of that. He’s more of a straight shooter than Pete. Pete has a way of making sure everybody feels good, making sure he pushes buttons with certain players and not pushing buttons on other players. Kyle is different. He’s one size fits all.”

Carroll and Shanahan have most of their football expertise on opposite sides of the ball but from a tactical standpoint, Sherman says they are two of the best football minds he’s worked with. 

“Kyle is one of the best offensive minds we’ve ever had in this game. That comes into it,” Sherman said. “With Pete, it’s the Cover 3 he brought to the league. It seems so simple, but nobody can run it like we ran it. The way both of them implement what they do — they talk to others on a personal level, then have the great coaches around them who believe in their philosophy.”

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