Despite being part of the team’s run to the Super Bowl last season, running back Raheem Mostert has reportedly asked the San Francisco 49ers to trade him. Mostert’s agent tweeted this week that he’s had “unproductive talks” with the 49ers for months on an extension despite Mostert leading the NFL in yards per carry last season.
He was also San Francisco’s leading rusher in 2019 despite playing in a crowded backfield. The 49ers still have Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon, and Jeff Wilson on their roster, so they have depth at running back, although it’s unclear if they’re interested in trading Mostert.
According to reports, the NFL will finally sit down with the Players Association on Monday to work out a deal on the safety protocols for training camp. There are less than two weeks until the start of training camps, and teams are still unsure of the safety measures they’ll have to follow.
The NFL and its players also need to agree on testing, with players hoping for daily tests and the league more interested in testing every other day. The number of preseason games will also be a point of contention during talks.
The NFL is hoping to play at least two preseason games this year while the players prefer not to have any. There are also issues that need to be worked out when it comes to roster sizes during training camp, potential modifications to jerseys and equipment, players having the right to opt out of the season, and how the league will handle reduced revenue without fans attending games.
On the bright side, both sides are committed to being able to play a full 16-game season.
Speaking of equipment, NFL referees are expected to wear masks during the 2020 season. Scott Green, the executive director of the NFL Referees Association, has stated that on-field officials will have both masks and gloves.
Meanwhile, officials could utilize electronic whistles rather than bringing a whistle to their mouth to stop play. The union is also hoping to test referees at least twice a week. One test will be performed during the week and the other after their travel to the game site.
Take My Name Off
FedEx is hoping to nudge the Washington Redskins in the right direction with regard to the team’s name. The shipping giant has seven more years on its agreement for the naming rights of the team’s stadium in Landover, Md.
However, FedEx has informed team owner Dan Snyder that they will take their name off the stadium after the 2020 season if the franchise doesn’t change its name. There is already evidence that Washington is exploring new names and could act before the start of the regular season. However, FedEx is giving Snyder and company an extra push in the right direction.
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