The Bears' kicking situation just got a whole lot more interesting.
NBC Sports Chicago confirmed a report that Robbie Gould isn't interested in signing a long-term contract with the San Francisco 49ers and has requested a trade. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news.
Gould, who was the Bears' kicker from 2005-2015, has spent the last two seasons in San Fransisco. Last year he went 33-34, including 2-2 from 50+ yards.
After the season, 49ers GM John Lynch placed the Franchise Tag on Gould, making him the highest-paid kicker in the NFL. Though he was set to make a shade north of $5 million this season, Gould was a no-show at 49ers voluntary workouts last week.
Lynch publicly stated on Monday that Gould remained a part of the 49ers plans.
"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."
Should thee 49ers grant Gould's request, the Bears would, at first glance, fit as a trade partner. Gould has made his admiration for the city and the franchise well-known in the past, and despite the Bears recently signing Elliot Fry to a 3-year deal, a reunion makes sense.
When talking to ESPN, Gould told them that he had grown tired of contract negotiations not going anywhere and wished to play closer to his wife and kids in Chicago.