Gould agreed to a two-year deal with the 49ers, CSN Bay Area reports. The 49ers decided to get a bit younger at the kicker position, letting 42-year-old Phil Dawson walk in favor of the 35-year-old free agent. Gould was the model of consistency with the Bears prior to being released last season. He latched on with the Giants and proved that he was still a reliable option, hitting all 10 of his field-goal attempts (albeit none of the 50-plus variety). The 49ers were one of the lowest-scoring offenses in the NFL last year, but if their new GM and head coach can improve the offensive output, then Gould could be a consistent fantasy contributor in an era where reliable kickers have been few and far between.
Gould will test the market as a free agent, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. Gould signed with the Giants midway through the 2016 season and was 12-for-12 on field goals with the team in the regular season and playoffs, though he did miss three extra points. The veteran is an 85.9 percent kicker for his career and will be entering his age-35 season in 2017.
Gould made both of his short field-goal attempts in Sunday's wild card loss to the Packers. Gould took over early in the year for Josh Brown who was released and hit all 10 of his regular-season field-goal attempts and both of his ones in the postseason. He did miss three PATs, however, and none of his field goals were from beyond 50 yards. It's unclear yet whether the Giants will bring him back for 2017.
Gould was 1-for-1 on field goal attempts and 1-for-1 on extra point attempts in Sunday's win over the Cowboys. In a defensive battle Sunday, Gould helped give the Giants the edge, knocking through 39-yard attempt midway though the third quarter which would eventually make the difference in the game. The veteran kicker has served as a viable replacement for Josh Brown, as he remains perfect on field goal attempts this season.
Gould signed a contract with the Giants on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports. Gould's signing with the Giants comes on the heels of the team announcing that Josh Brown would not travel with the team to London for Week 7. With the reopening of Brown's domestic violence case, Gould could be the team's kicker for more than just one game. Gould made 33 of 39 field goal attempts with Chicago last season, including seven of nine from over 50 yards.
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