Former Penn State Kicker Robbie Gould Requests Trade From 49ers
San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould has halted all contract negotiations with the 49ers and has requested a trade closer to his family’s home in Chicago, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The 36-year old Penn Stater indicated to ESPN that he’s grown tired of extensive contract negotiations and said he won’t report to the 49ers until their first regular season game on September 8th if he isn’t traded. His wife and three sons, who are all under the age of five, live in Chicago.
The 49ers placed their franchise tag on Gould in February, and the organization clearly wants to keep the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history on the 49ers for years to come.
Gould wishes to be moved closer to his family in Chicago, where he spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Bears. He made the Pro Bowl and played in Super Bowl XLI with the organization in 2006, but was released in 2016. Gould appeared in 10 games for the New York Giants after his release and then signed with the 49ers in 2017.
The kicker is the second oldest Penn State alum currently playing in the NFL, behind Tennessee Titans’ linebacker Cameron Wake, who graduated in 2005 with Gould. He’s the longest tenured Penn State alum in the NFL, as Wake spent a few years in the Canadian Football League before signing with the Miami Dolphins in 2009.
During his time as a Nittany Lion, Gould converted 39 of his 61 field goal attempts and 115 of his 121 extra point attempts. He didn’t miss an extra point throughout his freshman season in 2001.
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