If the Cincinnati Bengals draft a running back, the San Francisco 49ers need to pick up the phone.
The Cincinnati Bengals running back, Joe Mixon, has been reported to be ready to hold out if he isn’t given a contract extension. The 23-year old has played for three seasons with the franchise and is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
According to The Athletic Cincinnati, these demands could change the trajectory of their path.
“The #Bengals aren’t likely to make RB a priority in the draft, but Joe Mixon’s possible future price tag could make things interesting. @pauldehnerjr looks at the position in the latest entry of our Bengals draft strategy series.”
Mixon has rushed for over 1,100 rushing yards in two consecutive years, including 1,137 yards and five touchdowns for a one-win team last year. He added an impressive 4.5 yards-per-carry as well. If the Bengals can’t find an agreement with Mixon, the team could try and find a trade partner
One team could be the 49ers.
As much as everyone loved watching Raheem Mostert run for a record four touchdowns in the NFC Championship Game, the 49ers would love having a reliable No. 1 option. Last season, the 49ers used a rotation of Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, and Mostert.
The #Bengals aren't likely to make RB a priority in the draft, but Joe Mixon's possible future price tag could make things interesting. @pauldehnerjr looks at the position in the latest entry of our Bengals draft strategy series. https://t.co/HTpyOl1zgi
— The Athletic Cincinnati (@TheAthleticCIN) April 15, 2020
Mixon would flourish under head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense, just the same as Devonte Freeman back in his days with the Atlanta Falcons.
The former Sooner is set to make just $1.2 million next season, and the team wouldn’t be required to extend him either. It wouldn’t cost the 49ers more than a third-round pick, which would have to be for 2021. The 49ers do not have any picks from Rounds 2-4 for this year.