The feeling, however, apparently no longer is mutual.
Gould has yet to sign the franchise tag the team placed on him, and Tuesday he reportedly told the 49ers he would not sign a long-term deal with the team and would like to be traded, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.
In a turn of events, 49ers’ franchise kicker Robbie Gould has pulled his contract proposals that he sent to San Francisco and told the team he will not negotiate or sign a long-term deal with them, and he would like to be traded, Gould said Tuesday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2019
Gould told Schefter that he is tired of trying to work out a contract with the 49ers and wants to be closer to his wife and kid in Chicago.
"The bottom line is, I'm unsure if I want to play there anymore," Gould told ESPN. "At this point, I have to do what's best for me and my family back home."
The 49ers originally signed Gould to a two-year contract on the first day of free agency in 2017. It's clear, however, that the veteran kicker did not want the franchise tag to be placed on him this offseason, taking away the possibility of him signing closer to his home in Chicago.
Gould's agent told Schefter that if Gould reports at all, it won't be before the 49ers' Sept. 8 season-opener, giving Lynch and the 49ers a summer's worth of uncertainty at the kicking position.
While Gould has little leverage to force a trade, now might be the only way for him to get his wish.