With Deadline Looming, Robbie Gould’s Situation With San Francisco Remains Unclear

Three franchise-tagged players have yet to reach long-term deals before Monday’s 4 pm EST deadline. Robbie Gould’s situation with San Francisco is the unclear one.

“I’m not going to commit to making any decision right now…. I don’t really have a plan right now,” Gould told Cam Inman of the Mercury News. “Obviously 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 49ers used their franchise tag on Gould and he is yet to sign the tender. The franchise tag for kickers is for 1-year and $4.97M. 

Back in April, Gould told the 49ers that he will not negotiate or sign a long-term deal with them, and he wanted out of San Francisco. 

Gould’s former team, the Bears, are in need of a kicker and the sense has been that Chicago is Gould’s preferred destination.

“I never said I want to go back there,” Gould said. “I just said I want to be closer to my family. That doesn’t necessarily mean (the Bears).”

Publicly, the 49ers have repeatedly said that Gould is their kicker for 2019. Since being cut by the Bears in 2016, Gould has hit 82-85 FGs.

If the 49ers don’t trade him, Gould could skip training camp and wait until Week 1. He could also play the waiting game until Week 10 and earn a prorated salary. Or he could pull a Le’Veon Bell and skip the entire season and enter the free agent pool in 2020.

Meanwhile, Jadeveon Clowney is not expected to reach a long-term agreement with Houston. Grady Jarrett already signed his $15.2M franchise tender with Atlanta and talks are ongoing. Owner Arthur Blank told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Jarrett will be a “Falcon for life.”

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