Coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers don't intend to honor Gould's trade request, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Gould wants to be closer to his family in Chicago, where he spent 11 seasons of his career from 2005 to 2015. It just so happens that the Bears lack a proven NFL kicker on their roster, but it sounds like the 49ers don't plan to explore a trade or rescind their franchise tag. The 36-year-old still hasn't signed his tender and reportedly has ceased negotiations for a long-term contract. Gould was a top-eight fantasy kicker the past two seasons, benefitting from San Francisco's struggles in the red zone along with his own impressive accuracy (96 percent on field goals).
Gould has requested a trade and no longer intends to negotiate with the 49ers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Gould sent the team proposals for a multi-year contract after he received the franchise tag in February, but he's now shifted his focus to finding a way out of San Francisco. He may be angling for a return to Chicago, where the placekicking depth chart currently features a trio of unproven players: Redford Jones, Chris Blewitt and Elliott Fry. The 36-year-old Gould served as Chicago's kicker from 2005 to 2015, converting 85.4 percent of his field-goal attempts and 99 percent of his PATs. He was even better the past two years in San Francisco, missing just three field goals and four PATs in 32 games.
General manager John Lynch said Monday that Gould "will be a part of [the 49ers] this coming year," Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Though Gould has yet to sign his franchise tag and is skipping voluntary workouts, it appears that the 49ers have no real concerns about the 36-year-old starting in 2019. Through his first two seasons in San Francisco, Gould boasts a 96 percent conversion rate on field-goal attempts and a 93.2 percent conversion rate on PATs. Gould and the 49ers still have time to come to terms on a multi-year deal this offseason.
Gould has not signed his franchise tender and will skip voluntary offseason workouts, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. This news comes on the heels of the 49ers stamping the franchise tag on Gould on Feb. 26. San Francisco presumably hopes to come to terms on a multi-year contract after Gould converted 96 percent of his field-goal attempts and 93.2 percent of his PATs through his first two seasons with the team.
Gould received a franchise tag Tuesday from the 49ers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Gould becomes the first player tagged during the 2019 offseason, with his salary expected to land around $5.2 million, per overthecap.com. San Francisco presumably hopes to reduce that figure with a multi-year contract, after Gould converted 96 percent of field-goal attempts and 93.2 percent of PATs through his first two seasons with the team. The 36-year-old ranks second on the all-time list for career field-goal percentage (87.7), nestled between Justin Tucker (90.1) and Stephen Gostkowski (87.4). So long as 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) remains on track for the start of the season, Gould will make for a solid choice toward the end of fantasy drafts.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.38|
|6||10/13||@Los Angeles Rams||19||7.32|
|12||11/24||Green Bay Packers||21||7.38|
|14||12/08||@New Orleans Saints||1||5.72|
|16||12/22||Los Angeles Rams||19||7.32|