Gould named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week ... again


Gould named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week ... again

Robbie Gould was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, becoming the third 49ers kicker to win the honor twice in the same season.

Gould, 35, a 13-year NFL veteran, was recognized for the honor for second time in three weeks. He connected on all six of his field-goal attempts, including the game-winner from 45 yards as time expired, in the 49ers’ 25-23 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

On Dec. 3, Gould made five field goals in the 49ers' 15-14 victory over the Chicago Bears, his former team, to win the award for the first time this season.

Gould joins David Akers (2011) and Phil Dawson (2013) as the only 49ers to win Special Teams Player of the Week twice in one season.

On Tuesday, Gould was named as an alternate for the NFC Pro Bowl team behind Greg Zuerlein of the NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams. Zuerlein is 38 of 40 on the season, including six of seven on field-goal attempts from 50 yards or more.

Gould is 36 of 38 on field-goal attempts this season, setting a career-high in made field goals. It is the second-highest mark in franchise history. Akers made 44 field goals in 2011.

Gould’s list of accomplishments this season include:

--His six field goals Sunday were a career-high and tie the franchise record with Ray Wersching (Oct. 16, 1983, at New Orleans) and Jeff Wilkins (Sept. 29, 1996, vs. Atlanta).

--Gould has made 15 field goals over the past three games, the most over a three-game span in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

--He has made five or more field goals in three games this season. He joins Minnesota’s Rich Karlis (1989) as the only players in NFL history to make five or more kicks in three different games in a single season.

--Gould has made 20 consecutive field-goal attempts, the second-longest streak in franchise history. In 2013, Dawson made 27 straight attempts. --He made a 50-yard field goal in the third quarter against Tennessee and is 4-for-4 on attempts of 50 yards or more this season. Gould’s career accuracy is 77.1 percent on attempts of 50-plus yards. He ranks second all-time in NFL history behind Matt Prater (78.2).


An intriguing dynamic of Garoppolo's contract negotiations


An intriguing dynamic of Garoppolo's contract negotiations

If the 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo are unable to reach a multi-year contract extension by March 6, the 49ers have no other choice but to designate him as their franchise player.

The estimated one-year salary for the franchise tag would be $23.307 million, according to former NFL agent Joel Corry, whose work now appears at CBS Sports. (That is assuming a 2018 league-wide salary cap of $178.1 million per team.)

There is a lot to consider for both sides as they look to enter into a long-term contract. Corry said if a deal is struck, he would expect it to be in the neighborhood of Derek Carr’s five-year, $125 million deal he signed with the Raiders last offseason.

“And then there’s the other dynamic, which I would not undersell or I think may not be appreciated as much as it should be,” Corry said on the 49ers Insider Podcast. “(Garoppolo’s agent) Don Yee has a reputation – no fault of his own – of doing team-friendly deals.”

Yee also represents New England quarterback Tom Brady, whose average of $20.5 million annual pay ranks 15th among NFL quarterbacks. Brady is underpaid by design, Corry said, because one of the great quarterbacks of all-time realizes it helps the Patriots to maintain a strong supporting cast.

“That’s because Tom Brady dictates, ‘I want to do something good for the team, take less money so we can improve the roster to win Super Bowls.’ That’s not Don Yee who wants to do that,” Corry said.

“The agent works for the player, so he’s executing Tom Brady’s wishes. But he gets that held against him in recruiting. So this is his opportunity to erase that perception if Garoppolo allows him to do his job and gives him latitude to strike the deal that he feels is appropriate.”

For more on the potential negotiating strategies of both sides, listen here to the 49ers Insider Podcast.

49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team


49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team

Linebacker Reuben Foster was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers after being selected with the No. 31 overall pick out of Alabama. Foster finished second on the 49ers with 72 tackles. He had seven tackles for loss, ranking No. 2 on the team behind rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

Foster was one of three linebackers selected as an all-rookie performer. Thomas, the No. 3 overall draft pick, was not among the four defensive linemen honored.

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Foster was selected as the winner of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. He missed five games early in the season with a high ankle sprain and another game with a ribs injury.

The NFL’s top defensive rookie was New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who recorded five interceptions and scored a touchdown while making 13 starts.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
CO-OFFENSIVE ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs and RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: CB Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints

QB – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
RB – Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
WR – Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams; Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
TE – Evan Engram, New York Giants
C – Pat Elflein, Minnesota Vikings
G – Dan Feeney, Los Angeles Chargers; Jermaine Eluemunor, Baltimore Ravens, and Ethan Pocic, Seattle Seahawks (tie)
T – Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos; Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints

DL – Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Carl Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals; Dalvin Tomlinson, New York Giants
LB – Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions; Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49ers; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
CB – Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints; Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills
S – Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints

Special Teams
PK – Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
P – Rigoberto Sanchez, Indianapolis Colts
KR – Ryan Switzer, Dallas Cowboys
PR – Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions
ST – Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals