Robbie Gould won't agree to long-term deal, requests trade from 49ers

Robbie Gould won't agree to long-term deal, requests trade from 49ers

When the Bears unceremoniously cut Robbie Gould just before the 2016 season started, ending an 11-year run with him kicking in Chicago, they must have thought the grass would be greener on the other side of the field goal post.

"The bottom line is, I'm unsure if I want to play there anymore", Gould told ESPN. Robbie Gould has publicly stated that he would like to come back to Chicago, where his family has planted their flag.

The kicker's request to be traded nearly certainly signals he won't be signing the franchise tag anytime soon even if the Niners don't ship Gould elsewhere.

"At this time, we are unsure when or if he will report", Gould's agent Brian Mackler told Schefter. "It will not be prior to September 8, at the earliest, if at all".

The 49ers used the non-exclusive franchise tag on Gould in February and hoped to work out a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline to do so. Dalton Hall, who handled kicking and punting duties for Tuskegee University, campaigned via Twitter on Tuesday for Gould's job. Gostkowski would ultimately sign back with the Pats.

Gould made 7 of 9 field goals from 50 or more yards in 2015, but in a 26-20 overtime loss to the 49ers in Week 13 at Soldier Field, he missed from 40 yards in the third quarter and from 36 yards with 2 seconds remaining in regulation.

This is a tough spot to be in for the 49ers.

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But this is a team interested in contending this year.

The 49ers have just six selections in the upcoming draft so they may bring in undrafted free agents to compete for their kicking jobs.

The question from there comes, how much do you trade for an older kicker without a longterm deal and eyes on playing for one team?

That's clearly not the case now.

Your move, John Lynch.

Coincidentally, ESPN's report came basically in the final minute of Bears GM Ryan Pace's annual pre-draft press conference, moments after he was asked about his PK room, where three challengers with zero combined National Football League attempts are now vying to replace Cody Parkey.

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