We are now just a few weeks away from the start of training camp, and two months away from the start of the 2020 season. The San Francisco 49ers will be looking to defend their NFC Championship, and it's something that they have already been working on this offseason. This dead period is usually one where teams and players can negotiate contract extensions as well as consider re-working deals. The 49ers have reportedly been in talks with two of their offensive weapons as of late, and are looking into deals that will keep them in the Bay for years to come.
According to Matt Barrows of The Athletic, the 49ers have discussed extensions with running back Raheem Mostert and wide receiver Kendrick Bourne. There's no word on how those discussions have gone so far. Bourne was tendered as a restricted free agent this offseason, and will be an unrestricted free agent next year if the 49ers cannot come to terms on a new deal. Mostert on the other hand is signed through 2021, but Barrows believes that he's in line for an increase in salary.
Many knew the 49ers were going to have one of the best rushing attacks in the league entering 2019, but we were much more excited for Jerick McKinnon, Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida compared to Mostert. The former undrafted free agent led the 49ers in rushing yards with 772 and set a franchise record for most rushing yards in a single game when he went off for 220 yards and four touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Mostert evolved into one of the primary options on offense as the 2019 season wore on, and he rushed for a total of 336 yards and five touchdowns in three postseason games for San Francisco.
With McKinnon's future in doubt and Breida now a member of the Miami Dolphins, it appears that the 49ers are interested in running through Mostert and Coleman in 2020 and beyond.
Bourne went undrafted out of Eastern Washington back in 2017, but the 49ers gave him a chance at the next level. He has continued to build on each of his three seasons in the league, and caught a career-high five touchdowns in 2019. Bourne also played a role for the 49ers in the postseason, as he caught six passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in their three playoff matchups. Only 24 years old, Bourne may be someone who has his best football in front of him. In 43 career games with the 49ers, he has caught 88 passes for 1,102 yards and nine touchdowns.