Eagles should pass on a Raheem Mostert trade

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A player has requested a trade — which means it is time to discuss if the Eagles should trade for him. 

The player? San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert, who requested a trade on Wednesday after an unsuccessful attempt to get a new contract. Mostert is coming off of a breakout season in which he finished with 952 yards and 10 touchdowns on 151 total touches. The 28-year old dynamic running back proved to be effective both on the ground and through the passing game for the 49ers, and was one of the key reasons they made the run they did to the Super Bowl. 

As a result, Mostert is looking to get paid. He currently has two-years remaining on his deal. Any team trading for him would take on his base salary of $2.575 million in 2020 salary, plus his $2.87 base salary in 2021. 

There is no denying that Mostert would make the Eagles backfield better. He is a big-play running back that would fit into their offense perfectly. 

There are a few issues with making a deal for Mostert, however, which is why ultimately the Eagles would probably be wise to pass on making a deal. 

To start, a trade for Mostert would (obviously) require a new contract. Mostert is reportedly looking to be paid along the lines of Tevin Coleman, who received a two-year, $8.5 million deal from the 49ers last offseason. 
Coleman’s contract breakdown looks like this, per Over the Cap:
2019: $3.6 million cap hit
2020: $4.8 million cap hit…$2.8 million dead money if released. 

That is not a bad deal for the 49ers, but for the Eagles, handing out cap hits of $3.6 million and $4.8 million over the next two seasons isn’t wise for what would essentially be the third-string running back. The team is already roughly $50 million over the cap next season and the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening to make their cap situation even worse. 

Mostert is a solid player, but the Eagles already have Miles Sanders and Boston Scott, who are both young and both showed last season how dynamic they can be in the Eagles’ offense. The team has no real need to invest any kind of serious draft pick and new contract into a running back. 

While the team has been looking to add a third running back this offseason, each of those running backs — Carlos Hyde, Devonta Freeman, LeSean McCoy — are veterans with plenty of NFL experience. Sanders, in his one season, already has more carries (179) than Mostert does since 2015. It is fair to wonder if Mostert could carry the load if Sanders were to go down, which seems to be a quality the Eagles are looking for in a third-string running back. 

Another concern with trading for Mostert is whether he can duplicate what he did in San Francisco with another team. 

There is no denying how impressive he was last season, but a running back’s success is almost always dependent on fit, and San Francisco ran one of the best rushing attacks in the league last season. It is possible Mostert could come here and do it again, but with considerably fewer touches than he got last season and in a new offense, it is no guarantee. 

Even if Mostert could be had for a late-round pick— somewhere after the 5th-round — the Eagles shouldn’t pay him the deal that Coleman got. Trading anything more than a 4th-round pick for a 28-year old running back with one season of success would be crazy. 

So while Mostert is a good player, the Eagles would wise to pass on making a deal. 

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