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On Monday, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch told media that kicker Robbie Gould “will be part of us this coming year.”
But the 36-year-old kicker and his agent told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday that he’d like to be traded.
Contract proposals pulled, trade requested
Gould signed a two-year, $4 million free agent contract with the 49ers in 2017. In his two years with San Francisco, Gould has converted 72-of-75 field goals and 55-of-59 extra points.
The Niners named him as their franchise player for 2019, which would mean a one-year salary of almost $5 million. The two sides have been negotiating on a new multi-year contract, but Gould has grown weary of the back-and-forth.
He and agent Brian Mackler have pulled their contract proposals, said they won’t negotiate a long-term deal, and asked San Francisco to trade him.
Family is a major consideration
After the Chicago Bears cut Gould out of training camp in 2016, he signed for one year with the New York Giants, and then with San Francisco. But Gould’s wife and their three young sons, all under age 5, have remained in Chicago.
“The bottom line is, I’m unsure if I want to play there [with San Francisco] anymore,” he told ESPN. “At this point, I have to do what’s best for me and my family back home.”
No trade? No training camp
Mackler said that if Gould isn’t traded, the kicker won’t report to the Niners before their regular-season opener on September 8 and he will holdout through training camp.
San Francisco does have Jonathan Brown on its roster at the position, but the 26-year-old Brown is a former college soccer player who has never kicked so much as an extra point at any level.
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