Kyle Shanahan Expects Robbie Gould Back With 49ers

Robbie Gould, right
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(670 The Score) Chicago is still home for kicker Robbie Gould, and the Bears are still a sentimental team in his life.  But what will that all mean as Gould is slated to become a free agent this offseason?

While the Bears will be looking for a kicker after general manager Ryan Pace declared competition on embattled incumbent Cody Parkey, the 49ers could have the last say in retaining Gould, perhaps even by utilizing the franchise tag.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan understands the importance of Chicago and the Bears to Gould, but he values his consistent kicker in San Francisco, as he said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Friday.

"Robbie had a great time in Chicago," Shanahan said. "It's where he started his career. Any time you spend a lot of time somewhere, especially where your family's from, that's always going to mean a lot to you. It doesn't surprise me at all. I expect it. I also expect and am looking forward to having Robbie back in a Niners uniform next year."

Gould was released by the Bears in September 2016 as Pace elected to go in a different direction. Since then, Gould has converted 82 of 85 field-goal attempts (96.5 percent) for the Giants and 49ers in the ensuing three seasons.

The Bears have endured great troubles at the kicker position without Gould, running out Connor Barth, Cairo Santos, Mike Nugent and most recently Parkey. They have combined to hit only 57 of 75 field goals (76 percent) since Gould's release.

Signed to a four-year contract last offseason, Parkey was 23-of-30 on field-goal attempts (76.7 percent) in 2018 and missed three extra points. Most notably, Parkey missed a 43-yard field goal in the waning seconds of the Bears' 16-15 wild-card loss to the Eagles on Jan. 6, with the kick hitting the left upright and the crossbar before bouncing out.

Parkey then created controversy when he appeared on the "Today Show" five days after the missed field goal, a move that earned criticism from the Bears.

"We always talk about a 'we' and not a 'me' thing," Bears coach Matt Nagy said in the season-ending press conference. "And we always talk as a team, we win as a team, we lose as a team. I didn't necessarily think that was too much of a 'we' thing."

The Bears signed kicker Redford Jones to a reserve/future contract last Friday after holding tryouts for several kickers at Halas Hall.