49ers use franchise tag on Robbie Gould

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No team used the franchise tag during the first week of the two-week window to do so, but that changed on Tuesday.

The 49ers confirmed reports that they have placed their franchise tag on kicker Robbie Gould. The cap figure is expected to be around $5 million, although the Niners and Gould would have until July 15 to work on a multi-year deal.

Gould has mused about a possible return to Chicago in free agency, but the expectation has been that the 49ers would use the tag to hold onto the veteran’s rights if they couldn’t agree on a contract. They could still trade Gould if he signs the tag, although there’s no word suggesting that’s in their plans.

Their interest in retaining Gould is easy to understand. He’s made 72-of-75 field goals since joining the 49ers in 2017 and the team has plenty of cap space to spend on other areas even with a tag in place.

53 responses to “49ers use franchise tag on Robbie Gould

  1. Of course they did! Chicago got played as a talking point where he “really” wanted to go. Let’s see … cold, windy Chicago or sunny, warm California making the same amount of big time money. Not a hard decision.

  2. 49’ers just “doinked” da’ Bears. If they sign him for two years, it will be a “double-doink”. A three year contract for Gould in SF will would be the dreaded “triple doink”.

  3. chickensalad43 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 11:58 am
    The 49rs took Solomon Thomas over Patrick Mahomes.
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    And the Chicago Bears took Mitch “Mitchell” Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes.

  4. “The 49rs took Solomon Thomas over Patrick Mahomes.”

    And the Jaguars took Fournette, and the Bengals took Ross. What’s the point, that ~7 teams would be way better off with Mahomes (assuming they could have developed him)? That’s basically the story of every draft ever.

  5. 6ringsandarapist says:
    February 26, 2019 at 12:05 pm
    Really? On a kicker?

    Why not? If you are not going to use it on anybody else, it is not a bad move at all. Especially when it only costs 5 mil.

  6. Really? On a kicker?
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    How much do you think Chicago
    Would have paid to have him in the playoffs last year? It’s “just a kicker” until you’re the team that doesn’t have a good one.

  7. I suppose the Bears could try to work with the Niners on a sign-and-trade deal, but I don’t know what the Bears would be willing to get rid of. They barely have any draft picks left.

  8. @chickensalad43

    Nothing against Mahomes. Wish him.the best unless he’s playing my team but, let’s just wait and see what next year brings. D-Coordinators will have all off season to look at tape.

  9. If you are a kicker where the chances of getting injured are considerably lower, the tag is probably not such a hard pill to swallow. If they tag him again next year it means at least a 20% raise.

  10. He wasnt going to Chicago. He just wanted the Tag. I am sure even the fans in Chicago knew it.

    Nick Foles wants that tag too. I wonder if he can trick the Eagles into using it.

  11. chickensalad43 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 11:58 am
    The 49rs took Solomon Thomas over Patrick Mahomes.
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    LOL. What a rediculous comment. Didn’t the Bears take Mitchel Trubisky before Patrick Mahomes? Didn’t every team in the NFL pass on Tom Brady and take someone else? Didn’t every team in the NFL pass on Joe Montana and take someone else? Wait, didn’t every team in the NFL pass on Tom Brady and Joe Montana multiple times before they were drafted by the Pats and Niners? Hindsight is great and you can make an argument like that about every team in every draft.

  12. It’s overlooking these kinds of details – having a rock-solid kicker – that keep so many teams from breaking through. Whenever someone wonders why teams like the Patriots do so well for so long, it’s because they mostly manage to take care of the details like this – the details that become vital when the narrow margins of playoff games come into play.

    You can sign Khalil Mack, but if you can’t kick field goals, you’re not going win a playoff game.

  13. You would have to admit that Gould played his cards to the max. Sure, I’d like to come back to Chicago, this is were I live. “Once a Bear” comments’ most likely made the 9ers a little nervous . Smart move by a guy in his position. Too Bad as a Bear’s fan.

  14. Bears GM has to be eating crow. Cut the guy and now another team is willing to tag him. Being a kicker has to be the most clutch position in football. At least the QB is on the field playing and not thinking about it where a kicker stands on the sideline watching while the pressure builds. Its funny how teams will cut a vet who is reliable and draft a kicker who fails, Rick Spielman.

  15. That is why the franchise tag was created to protect a kicker who is so valuable to your team you won’t sell tickets or get into the playoffs regularly without him. Make sense to me.

  16. rpw84 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 1:11 pm
    Gould is 72/ 75 for field goals with the Niners, absolutely tag him and bag him!
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    Captain Obvious has been reading the articles he’s commenting on again folks. Watch out!

  17. chickensalad43 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 11:58 am
    The 49rs took Solomon Thomas over Patrick Mahomes.
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    LOL. What a rediculous comment. Didn’t the Bears take Mitchel Trubisky before Patrick Mahomes? Didn’t every team in the NFL pass on Tom Brady and take someone else? Didn’t every team in the NFL pass on Joe Montana and take someone else? Wait, didn’t every team in the NFL pass on Tom Brady and Joe Montana multiple times before they were drafted by the Pats and Niners? Hindsight is great and you can make an argument like that about every team in every draft.
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    Expanding on your comment PrincePaul, didn’t the Bears TRADE UP with the 49ers (giving the 49ers 2 3rd and 1 4th round picks), only to pass on Mahomes as well??

  18. bunners1 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 11:58 am
    Of course they did! Chicago got played as a talking point where he “really” wanted to go. Let’s see … cold, windy Chicago or sunny, warm California making the same amount of big time money. Not a hard decision.

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    you realize he lives in Chicago and his family does too right?

  19. Smart move…49ers used the non-exclusive tag, meaning Gould still is free to negotiate a contract with another team, but the 49ers have the right to match any offer.

    If they decide not to match, they would receiver two first-round draft picks from the team that signs Gould.

  20. Let’s make a deal. A good field goal kicker can mean the difference between making the playoffs and just missing it. It used to happen to the 49ers under Bill Walsh. It happened to Pittsburgh this past season and it happened to Seattle in 2017.

  21. chickensalad43 says:

    February 26, 2019 at 11:58 am

    The 49rs took Solomon Thomas over Patrick Mahomes

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    Mahomes went to the perfect organization for his skill set.

    Thanks to Bill Belichick we have our franchise QB I don’t think any 49er fan is saying to themselves…..”man, we could have drafted Mahomes.”

    Our program is on schedule. Thanks for your concern though.

  22. Bears fans your GM can still sign him. Just be ready to hand us those two first rounders and he’s all yours.

    Let see how bad you really want him.

  23. The Bears got cheap and it ended up costing them their season. No more complicated than that.
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    As I recall Parkey got something like $9M guaranteed from the Bears. I’d hardly call that going cheap on a kicker.

  24. aldavis4president says:
    February 26, 2019 at 2:12 pm
    Robbie Gould. By far the best player on the Santa Clara 9ers
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    Says the Raiders fan. When the Niners beat the Raiders 34-3 last year, Gould outscored the raiders 10-3 himself. Actually, the Niners 3rd string QB was better than anyone on Oakland that day.

  25. Bears have peaked and now are in a full scale decline. You better hope Mack doesn’t get injured or that’s a below .500 team.

  26. trubiskyisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysbeinjured says:
    February 26, 2019 at 5:01 pm
    Bears have peaked and now are in a full scale decline. You better hope Mack doesn’t get injured or that’s a below .500 team.
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    Really? Last year they were 12-4. They haven’t played a game yet and will have a pretty similar roster to last year. By the way, what team do you pull for? Why are you so afraid to reveal that?

  27. Really? Last year they were 12-4. They haven’t played a game yet and will have a pretty similar roster to last year. By the way, what team do you pull for? Why are you so afraid to reveal that?
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    They won 6 games by a TD or less and had one of the easiest schedules in the NFL last year (they played a last place schedule). They only played 3 teams that ended up making the playoffs. This year, Aaron Rodgers should be healthy and the Vikes should rebound too. That’s 4 tough games. On top of that, they play 6 games against good teams that made the playoffs last year. I’m not saying they’ll be bad, but let’s see how they do when they play the schedule of a first-place team. 4 teams that won their division in 2017 didn’t make the playoffs last year, and that’s due to the schedule you get dealt when you win your division.

  28. Did putting them through at 96%, heck yeah you franchise him. They should have done the same thing with punter Andy Lee 4 years ago. Dude has been nails forever, but was also making big money for a punter, so they shipped him off to Cleveland for a 7th round draft choice and went with Bradley Pinion, who has proven to be a bottom-dwelling ham & egger, while Lee continues to be in the top 2-3 punters in the league. Also a hugely valuable position – just ask the teams who have been struggling to find a competent one for several years running.

  29. PrincePaul says:
    February 26, 2019 at 5:37 pm
    Really? Last year they were 12-4. They haven’t played a game yet and will have a pretty similar roster to last year. By the way, what team do you pull for? Why are you so afraid to reveal that?
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    They won 6 games by a TD or less and had one of the easiest schedules in the NFL last year (they played a last place schedule). They only played 3 teams that ended up making the playoffs. This year, Aaron Rodgers should be healthy and the Vikes should rebound too. That’s 4 tough games. On top of that, they play 6 games against good teams that made the playoffs last year. I’m not saying they’ll be bad, but let’s see how they do when they play the schedule of a first-place team. 4 teams that won their division in 2017 didn’t make the playoffs last year, and that’s due to the schedule you get dealt when you win your division.
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    6 games were won by a TD or less isn’t uncommon. But if you’re going to mention that, you should mention that all of the Bears’ losses, including the playoff game were by a TD or less. 5 losses by a total of 15 points.

    All of that is potentially true. My point was that their was no evidence that the Bears were in “full-scale decline”. But Trubiskyisworsethan…..has been wrong on nearly all of his predictions. At one point, he predicted Trubisky would have more INT’s than TD’s. Then, they would have a losing record, couldn’t win their division, and that Kyle Orton had more playoff wins than Jay Cutler (Orton has never played in a playoff game).

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