No. 2: 49ers Running Back Raheem Mostert
Average Per Year: $2,900,000
After all, the Niners are paying a scant amount for one of the NFL’s most explosive runners from 2019.
Granted, Mostert’s breakout took place only during the second half of last season and into the playoffs where he ended up leading all San Francisco rushers with 772 yards on the ground, boasting another 180 yards through the air with 10 combined touchdowns. Before that, Mostert was a scantly used offensive weapon who was mostly featured on special teams.
And that’s where Mostert’s contract was negotiated.
Mostert’s deal is interesting in that it carries zero in guaranteed money for 2020 and 2021, which is potentially a reason why he wants some more security moving forward. If he plays out the final two years in full, he’ll make over $6.5 million. But as far as his annual average value of $2.9 million, that number ranks 24th among all running backs.
So, technically, he is being paid like a starter.
It’ll be interesting to see how Mostert’s situation pans out between now and Week 1, and it’s not mandatory the Niners do anything about his frustrations.
That said, San Francisco is getting a very good deal here.