49ers prepared to use franchise tag on Robbie Gould

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The 49ers have not used the franchise tag since 2012 when they applied it to safety Dashon Goldson. They avoided it last year by signing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a long-term deal.

The team hopes to get a long-term done executed with kicker Robbie Gould before the March 5 franchise tag deadline, but if they don’t get a deal done, the 49ers appear poised to use the tag on Gould, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

While Gould said he is ready to “consider all opportunities,” it doesn’t appear the 49ers will give him an opportunity to test the free agent waters and for good reason(s).

Gould, the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history, made 72 of 75 field goals in his two seasons in San Francisco. The free agent tag for kickers is expected to be around $5 million, and the 49ers have plenty of salary cap room.

Plus, Gould’s former team, the Bears, likely would quickly pursue him. Gould is building a home in Chicago.

So expect Gould to stay in San Francisco at least one more season if not long term.

9 responses to “49ers prepared to use franchise tag on Robbie Gould

  1. Why anyone would want to continue to live in Chicago, as rust beltish but cool as it is, over the options in the Bay Area, is beyond my comprehension. I get that it’s more expensive in the Bay Area but when you’re making 5 million a year it’s not an issue.

  2. 5 million???? I don’t think that number is right. I just looked it up and the highest paid kicker is Stephen Gostkowski at 4.3 mill and the franchise tag gives you an average of the top 5 at the position. I think the number is closer to 4 million.

  3. Robbie ain’t goin anywhere. In an age of kickers choking like dogs when it counts the most, Robbie is a superstar. $4-$5 mil is chump change for a dependable kicker. No way SF let’s him go.

  4. eagles1960 says:
    February 18, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    What? Franchise a kicker, I’ve never heard of this…
    It has nothing to do with position. It has to do with “who are you likely to lose to another team”. Niners have no big name free agents because they locked up all their contracts last year – they signed Sherman, Garopollo, and Jet, and they gave Staley and Goodwin extensions. When you have a kicker who’s made 82 of his last 85 field goal attempts, you don’t risk them signing with another team. To give some perspective – Cody Parker missed 4 field goals in 1 game last year. Gould has missed 3 field goals in the last 3 years.

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