Raheem Mostert had about 30 seconds to digest the news of the Dolphins’ two major NFL deadline trades before sharing his thoughts on Tuesday afternoon. Along with acquiring star pass rusher Bradley Chubb from the Broncos, Mostert learned that the Dolphins also reunited him with a former 49ers teammate, Jeff Wilson running back. The moves were part of a record 12 trades made during the competition’s deadline.
While he was sad to see Chase Edmonds leave (Edmonds is going to Denver as part of the Chubb deal), Mostert was clearly happy with the Dolphins’ moves. The receding veteran smiled as he talked about reuniting with Wilson while also becoming teammates with Chubb.
“You know, it’s exciting,” Mostert said during a one-on-one interview with CBS Sports. “Frankly, to get some players on a team that you think can contribute… We’ve got two good players coming in… Jeff Wilson, it’ll be great to have him in the backfield with me. . .. Bradley Chubb coming in too is exciting You know what type of player he is He was a captain there on the Broncos squad So yeah it’s going to be fun to bring those guys in and show them the way we roll on. This is going to be fun.”
Chubb, a fifth-year veteran, is coming to Miami after racking up 5.5 sacks in the first eight games of the season. Chubb joins a Dolphins defense that already includes several stars in Xavien Howard, Jerome Baker, Jaelan Phillips and Jevon Holland. Wilson will be added to a Dolphins offensive run under freshman head coach Mike McDaniel, who worked with Wilson and Mostert as an offensive assistant in San Francisco. Wilson joins a Dolphins charge led by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and explosive receiving duo Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.
Mostert said he “definitely” sees a parallel between the Dolphins and the 2019 49ers, who just missed out on beating the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
“This is arguably the most talented team [I’ve played on] regarding what we have on offense,” Mostert said of the 5-3 Dolphins. “And in defense we also have a lot of talented players. And then bringing Chubb in will definitely help.”
Mostert pointed to a noticeable difference between the Dolphins and his Super Bowl 49ers.
“This team is a lot younger,” he said. “This is probably the youngest team I’ve been on. I think 70% of the roster is four years (NFL experience) or younger.”
Miami’s youth may have been one of the reasons the Dolphins took over Mostert this season. As captain during his final season in San Francisco, Mostert has continued to play a leading role in Miami. The eight-year veteran also produces on the field. He is currently leading the dolphins in rush and is on pace to reach career heights in rush and total yards. Mostert’s success in 2022 is more impressive, as he missed most of last season with a knee injury.
“It’s been very rewarding,” Mostert said. “I know my chapter isn’t finished yet. … I want to be remembered as someone who was not only a good footballer, but also a good person on and off the pitch, a good father.
“I know I had some setbacks last year related to my injury, but I made the most of my opportunities when they were offered, and I’m still going to make the most of those opportunities because that’s just my way of thinking …. I’m a man who always wants to be challenged. I’m going to be on the record when that challenge arises.”
Mostert helps promote Crest & Oral-B’s Closing America’s Smile Gap campaign. As part of the campaign, Crest & Oral-B will donate one product to a child in need for every product purchased this month.
“That really resonated with me,” Mostert said of the campaign, “because growing up I didn’t have the best access to oral hygiene and dental care, let alone health care. I was one of those kids who had to brush their teeth. teeth with their finger occasionally and use mouthwash to replace as I didn’t have toothpaste or anything like that.
“It’s just remarkable. I got goosebumps talking to people about this and telling them my story. It really resonated with me, especially being a father of three. I want to try and show them the way to go out and try to make change and be your best version of yourself. And what better way to help others.”