Raheem Mostert broke news during his press conference Wednesday afternoon.
After requesting a trade this offseason because the 49ers reportedly wouldn’t give Mostert the raise he wanted, he sat down with a member of the front office and hashed things out, Grant Cohn of SI.com reports.
I always assumed John Lynch met with him, and he did. But according to Mostert, he also met with head coach Kyle Shanahan, who was the real catalyst for bringing a resolution to the whole money dispute between the organization and its star running back.
“I talked with John, of course,” Mostert said, “and Kyle. Especially Kyle. He wanted to see where my mind was at. He wanted to talk to me. We didn’t necessarily talk numbers — we just talked about life, and what has been going on with each other. At the time, when I spoke with him, he had just lost his grandparents and he was in Denver. I reached out to him and gave him my condolences.
“Football wise, I left that to the side. Because we understand what family means. He’s my good friend. So is John and everybody else. It was good to talk to them and not necessarily talk about the business aspect, but just see where each others’ heads are, and family matters, because that’s the ultimate thing right now, especially in a time of a pandemic, it’s all about family and who is closest to you.”
Meaning Shanahan made Mostert feel appreciated and valued without ever discussing finances with him, and ultimately convinced the 49ers to give him more money. Shanahan saved the day. Had he not stepped in, who knows — the 49ers might have granted Mostert his request and traded him.
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