Robbie Gould can breathe a sigh of relief after securing a new deal with the 49ers on Monday right before the franchise tag deadline.
San Francisco announced it signed the kicker to a four-year extension through the 2022 season ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline, which marked an end to Gould’s “weird offseason.”
“Who knows what would have happened if something didn’t get done, but the 49ers stepped up big-time to get this done. And they stepped outside the box and had an open mind and we were able to get something done today, which is kind of nice,” he said on The Adam Schefter Podcast.
Gould said the team “made a really aggressive push” to keep him.
Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but league sources told ESPN he’s scheduled to earn $10.5 million fully guaranteed over the first two years that includes an option clause, which could could turn into a four-year, $19 million deal with $15 million guaranteed.
Gould spent the first 11 seasons of his career in Chicago but was released by the Bears just before the start of the 2016 regular season. He then signed a two-year deal, worth $4 million with the 49ers on the first day of free agency in 2017, and he’s seemingly there to stay.
“It’s a tough situation for sure, you know Chicago’s home for me. I have a permanent house here in Chicago, it will always be home. I love the (Bears) organization. I played here for 11 years, I’m the all-time leading scorer. It’s just been kind of a weird offseason,” he said.
“The big thing for me is that I wanted to be close to my family, and in the beginning in the entire conversation with the 49ers they knew it would have to take at least two years to fully guaranteed in a contract to get me to come back and they were able to make that happen.”
Gould made 33 of 34 field-goal attempts and 27 of 29 PATs during the 2018 season. He’s 72 for 75 on field-goal attempts and 55 for 59 on PATs the past two seasons for the 49ers.