Even after the calendar flipped to July, Robbie Gould’s status remains unchanged.
While speaking to reporters Wednesday, the 49ers kicker was noncommittal on whether he’ll sign his contract by Monday’s franchise tag deadline before training camp opens later this month.
“I’m not going to commit to making any decision right now,” Gould said, via The Mercury News.
“I don’t really have a plan right now. Obvious there is a deadline and I don’t have to make any decisions anytime soon. … The deadline to sign a long-term contract is Monday, and the rest of that (potential holdout) is up to me.”
Gould hasn’t signed the tender the team placed on him in February at approximately $4.9 million and opted not to attend the Niners’ mandatory minicamp. He categorized himself as a kicker “in limbo” but assured an agreement will be reached eventually.
“We’ve been negotiating for 17 months and it’s been a complicated situation,” Gould said. “I’m at the point where my agent is going to handle it. If there’s anything I need to know about, then I’ll make a decision.
“When I need to know of something of substance and that I have to make a decision on, he’ll call me. I’ve been able to focus on my training and spending time with my family and being around my kids.”
Gould, 36, spent the first 11 seasons of his NFL career in Chicago but was released by the Bears just before the start of the regular season in 2016. He signed a two-year deal worth $4 million with the Niners on the first day of free agency in 2017 and the team placed the franchise tag on him this spring.
“I’ve been through several holdouts, I’ve been through a lockout season, I’ve been through not being on a team and showing up in Week 6. I’d say there is nothing that scares me anymore in Year 15, because I feel I’ve been through it all.”
The Niners are scheduled to open training camp July 26.