Published: Sun, April 28, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Robbie Gould tells 49ers he wants to be traded

Robbie Gould tells 49ers he wants to be traded

The 49ers placed their franchise tag on Gould in February, and the organization clearly wants to keep the second-most accurate kicker in National Football League history on the 49ers for years to come.

He does not want to play for the 49ers anymore, which is not forcing his way back home to Chicago, but it certainly is helping with a push.

Let go by Ryan Pace, Gould has become a curse to Chicago Bears kickers who stepped foot on Solider Field since. "I feel like with fewer picks and with later picks, the onus is on us as scouts to hit on these picks and to keep this momentum - I feel like we have this momentum - to keep this momentum going", said Pace. "At this point, I have to do what's best for me and my family back home".

It's not quite a trade demand, but placekicker Robbie Gould has issued quite the ultimatum to the San Francisco 49ers with a trade request. He's also entering his age-37 season, so a significant multi-year commitment is not smart from a team's perspective. We would like it to be longer than that.

On Monday, in the wake of their reported interest in Stephen Gostkowski, 49ers' general manager John Lynch told reporters Gould would be on the team in 2019. Prior to that he spent one year with the New York Giants and 11 with the Bears in Chicago.

The 49ers signed kicker Jonathan Brown to a two-year contract March 8, presumably to be a camp leg throughout the offseason program and training camp.

With few key projected free agents on their roster, the 49ers made a decision to use their tag on one of their most reliable players.

San Francisco is now sitting potentially without a starting kicker or punter as they head into this year's draft.

"I think there's always a narrative out there, 'Oh, you could get this, '" Pace said. "It will not be prior to September 8, at the earliest, if at all".

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