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Robbie Gould still unsure if he'll report to 49ers if he's not traded

Robbie Gould still unsure if he'll report to 49ers if he's not traded

The 49ers want Robbie Gould to kick for them in 2019. The veteran kicker would like to have other plans for the fall of 2019. 

Gould, the 49ers' franchise player for this season, has not signed his one-year, $4.971 million deal and has demanded to be traded. The veteran kicker has said he wishes to be closer to his family in Chicago, but the 49ers have said they won't honor the request.

With training camp just around the corner, Gould still hasn't decided if or when he'll report to the 49ers.

"I’m not going to commit to making any decision right now,” Gould told The Mercury News' Cam Inman at the American Century Golf Championship celebrity tournament Wednesday.

Gould has the option to skip training camp and show up Week 1 to start earning his $4.971 million contract. Or, he could sit out until Week 10 and earn a prorated salary after that point. He also could sit out the entire season if he doesn't get his way, but that would be an almost unprecedented move for a kicker.

The 36-year-old still is weighing his options. 

“I don’t really have a plan right now,” Gould said. “Obviously there is a deadline and I don’t have to make any decisions anytime soon. … The deadline to sign a long-term contract is Monday, and the rest of that (potential holdout) is up to me.”

He has indicated he has no intention of signing a long-term deal with the 49ers -- as he looks to head toward Chicago -- and is letting his agent deal with his current predicament while he enjoys time at home.

"We’ve been negotiating for 17 months and it’s been a complicated situation,” Gould said. “I’m at the point where my agent is going to handle it. If there’s anything I need to know about, then I’ll make a decision. When I need to know of something of substance and that I have to make a decision on, he’ll call me. I’ve been able to focus on my training and spending time with my family and being around my kids.”

Gould has been nails for the 49ers over the past two seasons, making 72 of 75 field-goal attempts. While being a kicker isn't the most stable position in the NFL, Gould isn't sweating his current situation.

“I’ve been through several holdouts, I’ve been through a lockout season, I’ve been through not being on a team and showing up in Week 6. I’d say there is nothing that scares me anymore in Year 15, because I feel I’ve been through it all.”

And so it continues.

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As for the thought that he desires to head to the Bears, Gould says that's not the case. 

“I never said I want to go back there,” Gould said. “I just said I want to be closer to my family. That doesn’t necessarily mean (the Bears).”

49ers suspend broadcaster Tim Ryan one game over Lamar Jackson remarks

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49ers suspend broadcaster Tim Ryan one game over Lamar Jackson remarks

BRADENTON, Fla. – The 49ers suspended radio broadcast analyst Tim Ryan for one game and apologized to the Baltimore Ravens for a comment he made about quarterback Lamar Jackson during a Monday appearance on KNBR.

The 49ers made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday:

“We are disappointed in Tim Ryan’s comments earlier this week, and have suspended him for the upcoming game. We hold Tim to a high standard as a representative of our organization and he must be more thoughtful with his words. Tim has expressed remorse in a public statement and has also done so with us privately. We know Tim as a man of high integrity and are confident he will grow and learn from this experience. We have reached out to the Baltimore Ravens organization to extend our apologies and assure them the matter is not being taken lightly.”

During an appearance on KNBR’s Murph & Mac Show, Ryan talked about Jackson’s ability to run the read option and the difficulties it caused for the 49ers’ defense on Sunday.

“He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin color with the dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see the thing,” Ryan said on the show (H/T The San Francisco Chronicle). “I mean, you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point and if you’re a half-step slow on him, in terms of your vision, forget about it. He’s out of the gate.”

Ryan released a statement through the team on Wednesday to apologize for his comment.

“I regret my choice of words in trying to describe the conditions of the game,” Ryan said. “Lamar Jackson is an MVP-caliber player and I respect him greatly. I want to sincerely apologize to him and anyone else I offended.”

Jackson rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in the Ravens’ 20-17 victory over the 49ers on Sunday.

On the season, Jackson has rushed for 977 yards and is closing in on the NFL single-season record for yards rushing by a quarterback. Michael Vick ran for 1,039 yards in 2006.

Jackson has also thrown for 2,532 yards with 25 touchdown passes and five interceptions. He has a passer rating of 109.7.

Kyle Shanahan compares Richard Sherman's recovery to 'The Karate Kid'

Kyle Shanahan compares Richard Sherman's recovery to 'The Karate Kid'

BRADENTON, Fla. -- When 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was last seen in Baltimore, it looked as if he could barely walk and stood little chance of being able to play a week later against New Orleans.

But Sherman was on the field Wednesday at IMG Academy and was a limited participant in practice despite the right knee injury and a quick recovery that prompted coach Kyle Shanahan to cite the 1984 movie, “The Karate Kid.”

 

“Did some Mr. Miyagi stuff on him,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan quipped. “We’ll see, though. Sherm always battles. You expect him to be out there and, hopefully, he’ll get better each day.

“I know he’s not there all the way, yet. But he’s got a few more days to do it and hopefully, he’ll be good on Sunday.”

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As Sherman walked to the weight room with teammates for a post-practice workout, he was still walking gingerly. He missed just one snap on Sunday in the 49ers’ 20-17 loss to the Ravens on Sunday. Shanahan said Sherman has earned the right to have a large say in whether he plays on Sunday.

"Sherm knows his body better than anyone.," Shanahan said. "You always ask the doctors, 'Can they protect themselves?' If the doctor ever tells you he absolutely can't do it, then it doesn’t matter what they say. You’ve got to protect them from themselves, but if they say they won’t get any worse, if the guy wants to do it. . .

"Sherm’s a guy who knows his body. He’s gone through it a lot and he’s done it for a while. We usually leave it to him.”