Any chance of a Robbie Gould-Bears reunion happening for the 2019 season seems to be all but dead.
Monday, 49ers general manager John Lynch said that Gould will be with the team in 2019.
“Robbie is going to be a part of us this coming year, I know that,” Lynch said. “We would like it to be longer than that. We’ve made an attempt to make it happen. We haven’t come to an agreement as of yet, and we’ll see where that goes.
“But Robbie will be a part of us this coming year, and we’re excited for that because he’s very good at what he does and he’s also a big part of this team.”
Gould joined the 49ers in March 2017 on a two-year, $4 million contract. The 49ers placed the franchise tag on him on February 26, though the 36-year-old kicker has yet to sign the one-year, $4.9 million tender.
According to NBC Sports Bay Area, Gould is not participating in the 49ers' offseason program—he isn't obligated to do so— instead working out in the Chicago area. NBC Sports Bay Area also reported that the 49ers hope to re-sign Gould to a multi-year deal and spoke to the kicker's representation at the NFL Combine.
Lynch's declaration doesn't guarantee that Gould will sign the franchise tender, but it does indicate that he isn't on the market. Essentially, if Gould plays in the NFL in 2019, he will be with the 49ers.
The Bears released Cody Parkey on March 13 after a rough first season in Chicago. This offseason, the team has added kickers Redford Jones, Chris Blewitt and Elliott Fry. The Bears are expected to add more kickers to the competition as the offseason moves along.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears.