The San Francisco 49ers don’t sound ready to budge on kicker Robbie Gould’s desire to be traded.
He said this week that he doesn’t want to sign a long-term deal with the team that placed the franchise tag on his this offseason, but general manager John Lynch isn’t interested in dealing his kicker.
Will you trade Robbie Gould?— Jennifer Lee Chan (@jenniferleechan) April 26, 2019
“No.” - Kyle Shanahan
“We’re hopeful that we can figure something out to keep him here for a long time,” Lynch said Thursday night. “We choose to deal directly with Robbie, not through the media, in terms of the negotiations and all. We’re hopeful we can find some resolution on this thing, and in the interim, we know Robbie will be ready to play.”
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan seemed a little less confident in the negotiation process, but he doesn’t want to lose the NFL’s most accurate kicker from 2019.
“We love having Robbie here,” Shanahan said. “Unfortunately we know we’re not going to have him long-term here. I think that’s been pretty clear. No hard feelings about that. I do understand his reasons, but I’m pretty excited to have a good kicker this year.”
The 49ers have no incentive to say anything differently, but it doesn’t mean they wouldn’t listen to the right offer from another team.
More trades happen over the NFL Draft weekend than any other time of year, and Lynch will certainly be on the phone with other general managers over the next 48 hours.