Raheem Mostert has requested a trade from the 49ers.
Mostert has said that he wants a new contract ahead of this season, but his trade request is a bit of a surprise. Mostert’s agent Brett Tessler tweeted, “After months of unproductive talks with the 49ers about fairly adjusting Raheem Mostert’s contract (which paid him for special teams) we have requested a trade. Disappointing that it would come to this for a guy who led all NFL RBs in YPC & helped lead them to the Super Bowl.” Mostert worked his way into a large role on offense and averaged 5.6 yards per carry with ten total touchdowns last season, and he’s looking to cash in now at 28 years old—or at the very least get a pay raise that pays him as a key contributor on offense with two years left on his deal. The situation becomes an interesting one, as the 49ers might not be willing to budge considering the plug-and-play success of numerous running backs in the Shanahan offense (along with the presence of Tevin Coleman in the backfield). With training camp around the corner, a holdout is certainly a possibility.
Rex Burkhead has restructured his contract.
Burkhead remains in the final year of his contract with the Patriots, but he restructures to remain with the team and create nearly $1 million in cap space. The veteran running back is a great team player that will contribute on both offense and special teams whenever called upon, but he’ll likely go undrafted in most 2020 fantasy leagues.
UPDATE: Patrick Mahomes’ contract extension is worth up to $503 million.
This is the biggest contract in sports history, and it surpasses the $426.5 million deal Angels star Mike Trout signed last year among American sports. There are reportedly some opt-outs and a no-trade clause for Mahomes. The bottom line is that Mahomes will remain in Kansas City for years and will make a ton of money in the process.
The Chiefs have signed Patrick Mahomes to a ten-year extension through the 2031 season, according to ESPN.
There is no indication about the dollar amount for Mahomes, but there is a very high chance it will be in accordance with the rising salary cap over the next decade, making the former NFL MVP and Super Bowl champion one of the highest-paid athletes in history. Kansas City will now need to find a way to keep a strong roster around their franchise centerpiece, but they should be contenders for as long as he is under center. From a fantasy perspective, this doesn’t really change much at all for Mahomes and the Chiefs passing attack; most view him as the top option at the position in dynasty leagues, and Lamar Jackson just edges him out for most in redraft leagues. It will be fun to see what kind of numbers Mahomes can put up (and trophies he can collect) throughout his career.
The Bills plan to use Zack Moss like they used Frank Gore last year.
Moss was drafted in the third-round of this year’s draft and looks set to immediately get a pretty solid floor of a workload behind starter Devin Singletary in Buffalo. Perhaps the coaching staff will have other plans or Singletary will make it difficult to leave him off the field, but Bills general manager Brandon Beane said he envisions Moss having a similar role to Gore last year. Gore had 166 carries for the Bills in 2019, so Moss is a good bet to be in the 150-175+ carry range (barring injury to him or Singletary) this season.
David Njoku has requested a trade.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns insist that they want to keep Njoku, but the young tight end’s agent Drew Rosenhaus says Njoku is “intent” on a trade. Rosenhaus also said: “It is in David’s best interest to find a new team at this time.” While Cleveland has maintained that they want to keep Njoku as a big part of their offense in multiple-tight-end sets, it’s felt like this situation wouldn’t work out since the team signed former Falcons tight end Austin Hooper during free agency. Njoku will turn just 24 years old in a week, but he’s already shown he can be a productive starter in the NFL, and he understandably wants to be in a situation that’ll feature his talents. Rosenhaus pushing for a trade could help get something done, but we’ll see what happens.
Russell Wilson wants to run more up-tempo offense this season.
During the NFL Scouting Combine, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that he and Wilson have been talking about moving to more of an up-tempo offense “for years.” Carroll added that “you’ll see what happens,” so perhaps he’s open to using tempo more in 2020. With second-year receiver D.K. Metcalf emerging as a stud playmaker on the outside, Wilson has the arsenal at his disposal to spread it out and attack the defense with more of a wide-open attack. However, Seattle has thrived on running the ball and playing tough defense while allowing Wilson to torch defenses on play-action passes over the years. The offense of the Seahawks will be interesting to watch this fall, and Wilson would obviously have monstrous upside if the Seahawks do go up-tempo and allow him to throw the ball around more.
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