Robbie Gould won’t commit to reporting to 49ers if they don’t trade him

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It’s less than a week away from the deadline for players with franchise tags to sign multi-year deals with their teams and there’s been no sign that an agreement between the 49ers and kicker Robbie Gould is imminent.

That’s not a great surprise as Gould requested a trade earlier this year. The 49ers have not shown interest in making such a deal and that’s left the two sides at a stalemate with the contract deadline around the corner.

Gould said last month that it’s a “complicated situation” and comments on Wednesday suggest things haven’t gotten any clearer in the last couple of weeks. Gould was asked if he would report to the 49ers at any point if they don’t deal him to another team.

“I’m not going to commit to making any decision right now . . .  I don’t really have a plan right now,” Gould said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “Obvious there is a deadline and I don’t have to make any decisions anytime soon. . . . The deadline to sign a long-term contract is Monday, and the rest of that [potential holdout] is up to me.”

The general feeling has been that Gould wants to return to the Bears as he and his family live there and he’s talked about wanting to be close to his family during the 2019 season. On Wednesday, Gould said that he “never said I want to go back there” and just wants to play closer to home.

As of now, however, the choices appear of being close to home and playing football are incompatible with one another.

26 responses to “Robbie Gould won’t commit to reporting to 49ers if they don’t trade him

  1. Why not just take the money and live wherever he wants later? I don’t get the urgency. Kickers tend to have longer careers than other position players, and it’s a relatively short term contract regardless. Something doesn’t make sense with this one, and I don’t think it’s because there’s no place like home.

  2. The Bears never should have let him go, as they learned last season. That was a really dumb move.

  3. Could it be he believes the Bears have a lot better chance of getting to a Super Bowl than the Niners will be in however many years of his career are left?

  4. I dont live far from him in Chicago and I see him around town here and there in the offseason and he is a family Man who just wants to go back home.I understand if he takes a year off and waits to be a free agent He has made more than enough money to last a lifetime.I personally think 49ers are trying to squeeze the Bears as much as possible They did it with Tribusky now with Gold and As a Bears Fan I hope Pace will be smart

  5. What next…..their rookie punter going to pull a Anthony Davis and asked to be traded too? Clara teeters on the verge of being the Bengals all the time…..but I haven’t heard of multiple players retiring prematurely and asking to be traded from Cincy.

  6. If he is doing this for his family he will just play the next 5 months with the 49ers and collect the $4,700,000 paycheck then sign with whom ever he wants next year. For almost 5 million he can afford a plane ticket back and forth from Chicago to SF. He could probably spend 3 or 4 days a week with his family even during the season if he really wanted to. No, I think this is more about his feelings getting hurt when the Niners looked at another kicker after he played hardball on a contract extension.

  7. He’s made over 34 million in his career. He and his family are already set for life and then some. If he doesn’t want to play he’s already made enough money to do whatever he wants for the rest of his life.

  8. harrisonhits2 says:
    July 10, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    He’s made over 34 million in his career. He and his family are already set for life and then some. If he doesn’t want to play he’s already made enough money to do whatever he wants for the rest of his life.////

    So retire already then.

  9. The Bears CUT him, ffs. And they are into Parkey for $5 mill in dead money. They ran out of draft picks due to the Mack trade, and they are going to trade for Gould? Go for it. Give us Danny Trevathan and a 5th round pick.

    I sure hope the Niners get all they can out of them. Sure, kickers are important. But not THAT important if you have a quarterback not named Cutler (or Trubisky for that matter).

  10. Explain why the Niners want a kicker that doesn’t want to be there?

    They better not expect him to be putting in a peak performance for them.

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