49ers won't honor Robbie Gould's trade request, and here's reason why

49ers won't honor Robbie Gould's trade request, and here's reason why

SANTA CLARA — 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan said Thursday that they understand Robbie Gould’s desire to live closer to his family in Chicago, but they will not honor his request for a trade

One of the most unexpected calls asking the 49ers for a trade prior to the NFL draft wasn’t a call from another team. It was from their veteran kicker. This came shortly after Lynch confidently stated that Gould would be part of the team in 2019. 

Gould still has not signed his franchise tender worth $4.9 million that would make him one of the highest-paid kickers in the league. He also has not reported to the team’s voluntary workouts.

“Yeah, you know, we placed a franchise tag on him,” Lynch said. “Robbie is not here with us. These are voluntary workouts right now.

“As I said the other day, Robbie is a guy who we respect in a big way for the way he's performed for us, for the teammate he's been, and we're hopeful that we can figure something out to keep him here for a long time.”

Lynch remains confident that Gould will be at the facility by Week 1 of the regular season, and also has no doubt that the kicker will be ready to play. If Gould holds out or does not perform well during the regular season, he would hurt his chances of landing another job in 2020, when he would be 37 years old.

“Robbie had his comments,” Lynch said. “We’ll choose to deal directly with Robbie, not through the media in terms of the negotiations and all. But we're hopeful we can find some resolution on this thing, and in the interim, we know Robbie will be ready to play.”

Shanahan also appeared to have no doubt that Gould would report by September, but the coach also understood that 2019 likely will be the kicker’s final year with the 49ers.

“Yeah, we love having Robbie here,” Shanahan said. “We understand that he doesn't want to live here long term, and he's made that clear to us, and we get that. But we do have a franchise tag, and he's that good of a kicker that he's worth franchising. 

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“So, unfortunately we know we're not going to have him long term here. I think that's been pretty clear. No hard feelings about that. I do understand his reasons. But pretty excited to have a good kicker this year.”

When asked if the team would trade Gould, Shanahan succinctly replied, “No.”

NFL rumors: League seeks to add seventh playoff team in each conference

NFL rumors: League seeks to add seventh playoff team in each conference

The NFL’s playoff structure is expected to change to reportedly include seven teams in both conferences to advance to the postseason.

The current proposal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, would add one playoff team in each conference and only the top seed in the AFC and NFC would be rewarded with byes in the first round of the playoffs.

The changes to the playoff format would take effect this season when the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified. ESPN reports there is “mounting optimism” the new CBA will be agreed upon within the week.

Through last season, the top six teams in both conferences made the playoffs. If the playoff proposal had been in effect last season, the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers would have advanced to the playoffs as the Nos. 7 seeds.

As the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the 49ers would have still earned a first-round bye in the playoffs. But the Green Bay Packers, the No. 2 seed, would have played in the extra game against the Rams. If the Rams were to have upset the Packers in the wild-card round, the 49ers would have played Los Angeles in the NFC Divisional Playoff instead of the Minnesota Vikings.

But the new proposal would have had an even more major impact in the AFC, where the Kansas City Chiefs would have been forced to win three games in the playoffs just to advance to the Super Bowl.

"That's been agreed to for a long time," one source familiar with the CBA talks told ESPN about the NFL's new playoff structure. "There wasn't a lot of disagreement to that issue."

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Players on the top team in each conference will receive postseason pay for the bye weekend, unlike years past, according to the report.

Also, ESPN reported that the sides are also trying to work through a proposal for a 17-game regular season, while the exhibition season is shortened to three games. The earliest that change could occur would be the 2021 season, according to the report.

Deebo Samuel pleas for 49ers to re-sign Emmanuel Sanders in free agency

Deebo Samuel pleas for 49ers to re-sign Emmanuel Sanders in free agency

Before the 49ers officially had lost Super Bowl LIV to the Kansas City Chiefs, tight end George Kittle was already preaching they would be back next year.

But it didn't stop with him.

49ers players throughout the roster already are thinking of everything they can do to make another run at it, and that includes bringing back free-agent receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Fellow wideout Deebo Samuel made it clear Wednesday on Twitter that he wants to see the 49ers bring back the 32-year-old veteran.

Sanders showed his appreciation later Wednesday morning.

After coming over from the Denver Broncos via trade in October, Sanders excelled with the 49ers. He caught 36 passes for 502 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season, and added five receptions for 71 yards in the postseason.

But Sanders could have been an even more critical part of 49ers lore, had it not been for Jimmy Garoppolo's overthrown pass with less than two minutes remaining in Super Bowl LIV. But it was not meant to be.

Sanders has been open about his love for the team that had just barely missed the championship and has spoken out about those second-guessing him due to his age. 

The receiver laughed at the fact that he has been "flying past 23-year-olds," and exhorted that he still has plenty of good years left in him.

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He also embraced the youth the other wide receivers brought to the team, such as Samuel and Kendrick Bourne. Sanders loved the loose vibes of the 49ers' locker room and assisted the younger players in prepping for the big moments of the Super Bowl. 

Deebo surely noticed that and knows he wants his teammate back for the team's quest to make another Super Bowl run next season.