He already asked for a trade, and the demand for top-flight wide receivers is surging despite the escalating price tag.
But NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco reminded football fans about the team’s recent history.
I can think of two times in recent years when players have requested the #49ers to trade them. Neither got his wish. Robbie Gould and Raheem Mostert ended up signing new contracts with the club.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) April 21, 2022
Maiocco tweeted, “I can think of two times in recent years when players have requested the #49ers to trade them. Neither got his wish. Robbie Gould and Raheem Mostert ended up signing new contracts with the club.”
In 2019, Gould asked for a trade in hopes of playing for a team nearer to his family in Chicago.
The team did not honor his request, and he stated that he wouldn’t negotiate a long-term deal with the Niners.
He also felt discouraged when San Francisco attempted to bring in Stephen Gostkowski before he re-signed with the New England Patriots.
In the end, Gould signed a four-year, $19 million extension with the 49ers after declining a $4.9 million franchise tag.
Mostert Also Decided To Stay
On the other hand, Mostert demanded a trade because he felt that the 49ers weren’t paying him like a top-flight running back.
He thought he had the leverage after having 1,108 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2019.
Mostert wanted his base salary to be closer to Tevin Coleman‘s $4.55 million base salary in 2020.
However, the 49ers had the power because of their deep backfield rotation.
To end the stalemate, Mostert signed a restructured deal with the Niners.
Aside from getting a $250,000 bonus, his new incentives gave him the chance to earn as much as $5 million in 2020.
Mostert signed with the Miami Dolphins two years later because he wouldn’t have much playing time with San Francisco’s running back depth chart.