49ers' Raheem Mostert: Not opting out, vows to win Super Bowl

Cam Inman, The Mercury News on

Published in Football

Raheem Mostert is not opting out of the 49ers season, not that it was an easy decision for the starting running back, which he proclaimed himself to be Wednesday.

"It was a very long and tough discussion with my wife," Mostert said on a video conference with reporters. "She's back in Cleveland with the family, with my 13-month-old son as well as we're expecting our second child at the end of September

"The discussions we've had, man, have been long and extensive. But she understands the importance of me being out here and providing for the family."

Mostert is bunkering at the 49ers' team hotel as training camp begins, doing his best to shelter away from the COVID-19 pandemic. He's cautiously advised his family not to join him in California, and he understands if his wife, Devon, does not want him flying home to attend the birth of their second son.

"We've both had nights where we've cried on each other, especially before I left, just talking about how we're going to manage this whole deal," Mostert added.

Wide receiver Travis Benjamin cited family concerns in becoming the first 49er to opt out before the NFL's Thursday deadline, and Mostert said he's counseled linebacker Mark Nzeocha, who also has a young son and is pondering his options.


"We just have to keep us accountable and the guys in our locker room accountable, so we can go home and be safe and make up the lost time with our family," Mostert added. "It's tough to think about it but in the grand scheme of things it will all pay off. We have to do our part and make sure we're A-OK."

Mostert was at the forefront of athletes doing their best to mitigate COVID-19 exposure, as he cancelled a March appearance at a Santa Clara autograph show.

He covered a bevy of topics during Wednesday's video session, also including:

-- Contract squabble: Although his agent went public with a trade request before eventually juicing up Mostert's deal with the 49ers last week, Mostert never envisioned himself leaving. "I knew it'd be right regardless of how it'd play out and I'd be a Niner no matter what," Mostert said. "It was about moving pieces, not only contract wise as a business but as a family."


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