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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.”

Mike McGlinchey tweets his excitement throughout 49ers' win over Rams

Mike McGlinchey tweets his excitement throughout 49ers' win over Rams

For the first time in his early NFL career, 49ers offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey was away from the action on Sunday. The second-year pro played all 16 games last season as a rookie and suited up for San Francisco's first four contests this year. 

But McGlinchey was ruled out of the 49ers' 20-7 Week 6 win over the Rams due to arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. That didn't stop him from getting hyped for his teammates, though. 

Throughout the 49ers' fifth straight win to stay undefeated, McGlinchey was firing off exclamation points on Twitter. His teammates had the former first-round draft pick fired up. 

McGlinchey wasn't the only 49ers starting offensive tackle who sat out the big win. San Francisco was forced to use two backups as Joe Staley continues to rehab a fractured fibula. Daniel Brunskill and Justin Skule stepped up admirably, and the offensive line allowed just two sacks, both to two-time AP Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald.

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The 49ers passed their first big test without McGlinchey and Staley. They will have to do so for the next several weeks as well.

While he's away from the field, however, the 25-year-old McGlinchey will watch every second of the 49ers' games, and surely will have his Twitter fingers ready to roll. Whether that's a good thing or bad thing is yet to be determined.

Richard Sherman wants 49ers skeptics to keep doubting after win vs. Rams

Richard Sherman wants 49ers skeptics to keep doubting after win vs. Rams

The 49ers are for real, and Richard Sherman has a message for the skeptics.

Don't start singing a different tune after the 49ers went into Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and thoroughly handled Jared Goff and the defending NFC champion Rams, 20-7.

Sherman and the 49ers defense held Goff to just 78 yards passing, leading to an ugly Twitter mob that set its sights on head coach Sean McVay after the win.

The 49ers now sit at 5-0 after wins over the Browns and Rams and have announced themselves as a true Super Bowl contender. But if you were hating before kickoff in LA, Sherman doesn't want you hopping on the bandwagon.

"We want them to sound dumb at the end," Sherman said after the game in his postgame press conference. "Stick to your guns. If you were calling us pretenders in the beginning, call us pretenders now. Call us pretenders now. Because you got to be that way, you don't get to go hindsight is 20/20 with it every year. Just stick to your words. Stick to your guns. We're a terrible team. We don't have enough talent. We're just on a rebuilding year. Whatever the case may be. Whatever your word was, please stick to it. For those that believe in us, The Faithful, continue to believe in us, continue to be humble. We're going to give you guys a show, we're going to fight as hard as we can."

Message received.

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Sherman offered a similar statement after San Francisco's Week 7 win over the Browns, and the 49ers only will continue to get more confident as they rack up wins.

With the Redskins, Panthers and Cardinals up next on the docket, there's a good chance the 49ers will be 8-0 when they face the Seahawks in Week 10 at Levi's Stadium.

There's no question the doubters once again will come out for that one. Sherman wouldn't have it any other way.