Not many kickers have been as consistent as Robbie Gould in recent memory. With plenty of big kicks made in the regular season and playoffs, and the way that kicking has been for a lot of teams, the value he has can not be measured.
In a roundabout way, Gould heads into free agency with a lot of money to make, and make it he shall.
“Veteran kicker Robbie Gould said today that, as much as he enjoyed the last six seasons in San Francisco, he will test free agency later this month and be kicking elsewhere in 2023,” ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter said on Monday, via Twitter.
Gould would not be about to cash in on NFL free agency were it not for a letter that was written to Penn State coach Joe Paterno at the time. Gould’s high school soccer coach wrote a letter to the late Paterno which would earn him a spot to try out for the team before earning a role as a walk-on. While Gould would work on earning his degree in business management, he would do his best to hone his kicking skills but based on the numbers, that was harder than one would think.
In four years with the Nittany Lions, he made 115 of 121 extra-point attempts and 39 of 61 field goal attempts. While the accuracy of 64% wasn’t anything to write home about in State College, he has earned a whopping 86.5% kicking accuracy while making 447 of 517 attempts in the NFL.
Gould has experience with the ups and downs that a football life can throw at people. It will be nice to see how far he has come from working construction between being undrafted in 2005 and signing with the Bears by seeing the number he signs for this Spring.
Veteran kicker Robbie Gould said today that, as much as he enjoyed his last six seasons in San Francisco, he will test free agency later this month and be kicking elsewhere in 2023.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 4, 2023