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Robbie Gould doinks a field goal in 49ers' season opener

Robbie Gould doinks a field goal in 49ers' season opener

The Bears were haunted all offseason by Cody Parkey's double-doink that ended their playoff aspirations in the Wild Card round against the Eagles.

To be fair, a lot of that inability to put Parkey's tipped kick past them was because they countinued to bring it up and dwell on it.

But the offseason was dedicated to finding Parkey's replacement, which included a reality TV style competition and some flirtation with former kicker Robbie Gould who was franchised tagged by the 49ers but tried to force his way out.

In the Bay Area, Gould re-signed with the 49ers and in Chicago, Eddy Pineiro won the competition.

And on Thursday night, Pineiro scored the only points for the Bears while Gould doinked a field goal attempt. A single doink, that is.

To be fair to Gould, it was a 57-yard field goal so he was going for some extreme distance. The Bears wouldn't even let Pineiro try a 51-yard field goal on Thursday night, instead opting to go for it on 4th-and-10. The Bears didn't convert.

This missed kick by Gould doesn't validate the Bears not bringing him back, just like Pineiro's single field goal doesn't validate the Bears' intense kicker search.

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49ers not interested in trading Robbie Gould, who doesn’t want to be there long term

49ers not interested in trading Robbie Gould, who doesn’t want to be there long term

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.

“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.

John Lynch says Robbie Gould will be 'a part of' the 49ers in 2019

John Lynch says Robbie Gould will be 'a part of' the 49ers in 2019

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 JonesChris Blewitt and Elliott Fry. The Bears are expected to add more kickers to the competition as the offseason moves along.

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