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49ers' Robbie Gould says family will drive his football decisions

49ers' Robbie Gould says family will drive his football decisions

Kicker Robbie Gould and the 49ers remain in a holding pattern, and Gould said the only motivating factor at this stage of his NFL career is his family.

Gould, 36, spent most of the 2018 season away from his wife and three young boys while serving his second season as the 49ers’ kicker. He signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the 49ers on the first day of free agency in 2017.

Gould has deep roots in Chicago, where he spent the first 11 seasons of his NFL career. On Monday, he hosted the Robbie Gould Celebrity Golf Invitational at Medinah Country Club to raise funds for Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

“This city’s been incredible,” Gould told NBC Sports Chicago. “No matter where I’ve gone, no matter where I’ve lived, no matter where I’ve played, Chicago has always been home.”

The Bears released Gould just prior to the start of the regular season in 2016. The move came back to haunt them, as Gould made 72 of 75 field-goal attempts the past two seasons with the 49ers.

Gould expected to be a free agent at the end of the season, but the 49ers tagged him as their franchise player. Gould has requested a trade, but the 49ers have stated they will not trade him.

He has yet to sign the one-year, $4.971 million tender, and he remained away from the 49ers during the offseason program.

“It’s a complicated situation,” Gould said. “The way I’ve kind of approached it is, I want to spend time with my family. And I let my agent handle it, and if anything comes up that I have to make a decision or be in the know, he’ll call me and let me know. But right now there’s nothing to really know, and I’m just enjoying being home and being in Chicago.

“I’m at a point in my career where my family is what’s going to dictate the decisions that I make.”

The 49ers have stated they would like to sign Gould to an extension. The sides have until July 15 to work out a new multi-year deal. Gould’s scheduled salary does not begin paying him until Week 1 of the regular season -- in the amount of more than $290,000 per week.

The Bears have a need at kicker after releasing Cody Parkey following his potential game-winning kick in the final seconds was partially blocked in a first-round NFL playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Gould was in attendance at Soldier Field that day.

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“You want every kicking friend or every kicker in the National Football League to do well,” Gould said. ‘It’s a fraternity. You obviously want him to make it. As a kicker, you can feel for him, for sure.”

The Bears currently have two kickers under contract: Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro. Gould said he is not following the Bears’ situation. Instead, he said he is focusing spending time with his family and going through his daily workouts.

Why Kyle Shanahan had to abort rep with Jimmy Garoppolo at 49ers minicamp

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Why Kyle Shanahan had to abort rep with Jimmy Garoppolo at 49ers minicamp

Jimmy Garoppolo was moving along in his rehab from the torn ACL he suffered in Week 3 of the 2018 season.

So, toward the end of minicamp, head coach Kyle Shanahan wanted to get his quarterback a rep or two in 11-on-11s. Shanahan's instructions to his defensive line were to stand still with their hands up and to not touch the franchise quarterback.

Shanahan's orders were heard, but the instincts of his defense took over and the head coach had to jump in to avoid catastrophe. 

"The animals that they are, why we love them, they couldn't help it," Shanahan told ESPN about his defensive line during the drill. "I saw it, so I stopped it. I wasn't going to mess with it."

After the minor heart attack, Shanahan was able to laugh it off. 

"I liked it, after I got over it," Shanahan said.

Exhale, Niners fans.

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Garoppolo has proclaimed himself "good to go" as training camp approaches, but hopefully, the 49ers' defensive line gets the memo during the next drill.

Robbie Gould excited 49ers 'stepped up big time' to bring him back

Robbie Gould excited 49ers 'stepped up big time' to bring him back

It seemed to be the perfect opportunity. After missing a critical kick that kept the Chicago Bears from advancing in last season's playoffs, fans were clamoring for an improved kicker. 49ers K Robbie Gould ascended to the top of the league at the position during his 11 seasons with the Bears, as he currently sits second in NFL history in field-goal percentage behind current Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker. Gould was unhappy with the San Francisco 49ers after being franchise-tagged this offseason, and with his family still living in the Windy City, the stars appeared to be aligning for the NFC North Champions. 

Gould was the most recent guest of the Adam Schefter Podcast and spoke about what was a stressful offseason for the 36-year-old.

"It's a tough situation for sure, you know Chicago's home for me. I have a permanent house here in Chicago, it will always be home," said Gould. "I love the (Chicago Bears) organization. I played here for 11 years, I'm the all-time leading scorer."

The financial terms of Gould's deal with the 49ers were not disclosed, but sources say it is a fully guaranteed two-year, $10.5 million deal with an option that could make it a four-year, $18 million contract, $15 million of which would be guaranteed.

"Who knows what would have happened if something didn't get done, but the 49ers stepped up big-time to get this done," Gould said. 

Entering his fifteenth season, Gould also spoke about how his priorities affected his decision-making process.

"The big thing for me is that I wanted to be close to my family, and in the beginning in the entire conversation with the 49ers they knew it would have to take at least two years to fully guaranteed in a contract to get me to come back and they were able to make that happen," he said.

Gould's agent had requested a trade in April, but 49ers general manager John Lynch was determined to keep one of the league's best in San Francisco and the two sides were able to work out a deal just before Monday's deadline for extensions for players with the franchise tag.

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As the 2019 season gets closer and closer, Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan can rest easy knowing that another position on the depth chart is solidified going into training camp.