Robbie Gould excited 49ers 'stepped up big time' to bring him back

Robbie Gould excited 49ers 'stepped up big time' to bring him back

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.

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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.

Santa Clara man arrested for vandalizing Joe Montana statue at Levi's Stadium


Santa Clara man arrested for vandalizing Joe Montana statue at Levi's Stadium

SANTA CLARA – The statue of Joe Montana outside Levi’s Stadium was vandalized on Monday night following the 49ers’ 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, according to authorities.

Jorge Alberto Lopez of Santa Clara was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on a charge of felony vandalism, Santa Clara Police announced in a press release.

According to the report, a security officer at Levi’s Stadium witnessed Lopez grab the facemask of the statue and pull it off. The suspect was arrested at 9:50 p.m. on Monday.

The 49ers released the following statement on Wednesday:

“The Joe Montana statue that is part of the ‘The Catch’ art installation located inside the stadium’s Gate A plaza was vandalized following our recent Monday Night Football game. Security personnel apprehended the individual soon thereafter and the Santa Clara Police Department arrested the individual on felony vandalism charges. Crews have already begun repairs on the statue and expect work to be complete prior to Sunday’s home game. As this is an ongoing police matter, we will not have any additional comment.”

The statue of Montana was dedicated last October and is accompanied by a statue of Dwight Clark making the leaping catch in the 1981 NFC Championship Game that lifted the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. The statue has since been repaired.

49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks


49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks

49ers rookie sensation Nick Bosa experienced something Monday night that the 22-year-old hasn’t faced in over two years.

He lost a game.

That’s right, the defensive end hadn’t suffered defeat prior to San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks on Monday night since his sophomore season at Ohio State.

That game was especially rough for Bosa, as he was ejected in the second quarter after a pretty blatant targeting penalty for a hit on Iowa's quarterback.

Bosa’s Buckeyes won the first three games of 2018 before he injured his knee and missed the final 11 games of his collegiate career.

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The 49ers hope to restart Bosa’s winning streak Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.