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How Justin Tucker's extension could impact 49ers, Robbie Gould?

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How Justin Tucker's extension could impact 49ers, Robbie Gould?

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker’s four-year, $20 million dollar extension might have just made the situation with Robbie Gould more challenging for the 49ers. 

Gould has refused to sign his franchise tender and asked to be traded to be closer to his family who remained in Chicago while he has played for the 49ers. The team reportedly will not trade the veteran kicker and as a result, there is a possibility that Gould will not report to the facility until just prior to the regular season. 

Tucker will receive an $8 million signing bonus and $12.5 million of his contract is fully guaranteed, making him the highest paid kicker in the league history at an average of $5 million per year. He has played in 112 games over his seven-year career with the Ravens and has made 237 of his 263 field goal attempts, giving him a 90.1-percent success rate. 

Gould, in comparison, has played in 208 games over his 14-year career. His career average is 87.7 percent but he was even better in 2018. He led the league with a 97.059 percent average, showing that he hasn’t lost a beat at 36 years old. The franchise tag would give him a $4.97 million payday for the season. 

Gould was also the leading scorer on the team in 2018, racking up 126 points with 33 field goals and 27 extra points made. The rest of the team only hit pay dirt 33 times with 26 passing touchdowns and seven on the ground. Gould was responsible for 38.8 percent of all points scored by the 49ers in 2018. 

With Gould’s track record, he could demand an even higher salary on the open market. During the offseason, he hinted that he was looking forward to weighing his options prior to being tagged by the team. 

When general manager John Lynch was asked about Gould’s status during his draft preview availability, he kept his statements succinct. He simply reported Gould will be a part of the team in 2019 even though he was unsure about when he would be reporting to the facility. 

“I can’t speak as to when he’s going to be here, but when we kick it off he’ll be here.”

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It looks as though the 49ers will not be pushed around and are willing to play hardball with their kicker. 

Jimmy Garoppolo 'really good' but not elite, analyst Chris Simms says

Jimmy Garoppolo 'really good' but not elite, analyst Chris Simms says

Is your quarterback elite? Well, if you're a fan of the 49ers then no -- at least according to Chris Simms.

The NBC Sports football analyst couldn't confidently put Jimmy Garoppolo in the elite category, but still had plenty of praise toward him, especially knowing he plans on leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

"I think there's some quarterbacks in football right now: Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, DeShaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes -- they kind of stand alone," Simms said.

After that handful of quarterbacks, Simms highlights a group of "good," a squad that he considers Jimmy G to be a part of. Plus, Garoppolo has a lot of "good" surrounding him.

The elite talents of tight end George Kittle are something that shouldn't be argued -- unless you're not sure if he's a decent blocker or not. Ahem, Doug Gottlieb.

"That's all you need to win a Super Bowl," Simms added.

The consensus around Jimmy G's eliteness is that he's not elite, but he's not bad, but he's good enough.

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Got all of that?

His throwing abilities have been talked about, but once again the word "elite" was not mentioned.

49ers tackle Joe Staley doesn't have looming retirement on his mind

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49ers tackle Joe Staley doesn't have looming retirement on his mind

A lot of times for athletes, it's not up to them whether or not they want to retire -- it's up to their body. For 49ers tackle Joe Staley, it's really no different.

"I like to think that I can continue to play football for as long as they'll have me," Staley said in an interview with 95.7 The Game on Thursday. "And that's my mindset. I've never thought about when an end is going to be."

The 35-year-old signed a two-year contract extension with San Francisco in June which ultimately means he could spend the entirety of his NFL career as a member of the 49ers. And while that seems like a long time, he's still soaking up the everyday grind of his job even with the setbacks he's faced this season.

"The challenges of this season have been different than seasons past," he said. "I love the adverse situations and you kind of learn a lot about yourself -- how you respond and challenge yourself daily with different goals ... "

Staley sustained a fractured left fibula earlier in the season during the Week 2 matchup against the Bengals and with a smile tried to remain positive but admitted: "it sucks." He was emotional after the injury but said that had a lot to do with how special the team was and the guys he was surrounded by.

Still, you can't fake the passion the six-time Pro Bowler brings to the 49ers and it appears you would have to pry the game away from his hands if you anticipate him hanging up his cleats any time soon.

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"That love for the game is still there, burning," Staley said.

He finished the statement saying he doesn't have an honest answer as to just how much football is left in his body, but it's not something he's concentrating on at the moment.