Raheem Mostert: 5 best landing spots for 49ers free-agent running back

Raheem Mostert #31 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Raheem Mostert #31 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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John Johnson III, Raheem Mostert, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers
John Johnson III #43 of the Los Angeles Rams pushes Raheem Mostert #31 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) /

Raheem Mostert Landing Spot No. 1: Los Angeles Rams

Divisional rivals love to pluck players from each other, and it wouldn’t be shocking at all to see the Los Angeles Rams look to NFL free agency as a means to grab someone like Raheem Mostert from the Niners.

For starters, Rams head coach Sean McVay would be given yet another chance to get inside the head of Kyle Shanahan, and the two coaches run a similar offense anyway. Additionally, LA finished the 2021 regular season with the league’s 25th-ranked rushing offense, so there might need to be some infusion of talent for McVay to get back to a run-based attack.

True, Los Angeles already has a standout running back in Cam Akers, who spent the overwhelming majority of the regular season on injured reserve before returning in time for the playoffs. But fellow tailback Sony Michel is an unrestricted free agent, and LA’s own salary cap restraints (more than $5.2 million over the cap) might prevent it from re-signing him.

From Mostert’s vantage point, he’d be staying within California and going from one playoff contender to another, all the while sticking with an offense that’s familiar to him.

The role wouldn’t likely be a featured one, of course, but that’s probably going to be the expectation at this point in his career unless he wants to join a bad team.

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