It seemed to be the perfect opportunity. After missing a critical kick that kept the Chicago Bears from advancing to the NFC Divisional Round, fans were clamoring for an improved kicker. 49ers kicker Robbie Gould became one of the NFL's best kickers in 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 to bring Gould back home.
Gould was the most recent guest of the Adam Schefter Podcast and spoke about what was a stressful offseason for the 36-year-old after he finally agreed to sign a two-year deal with the 49ers on Monday.
"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 it reportedly 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 from San Francisco in April, but 49ers general manager John Lynch was determined to keep one of the league's best in the Bay and the two sides were able to work out a deal just before Monday's deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term deals.
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.