49ers’ Gould didn’t get Chicago, but he got the next-best thing

Robbie Gould's new guaranteed deal means his family will eventually move to Bay Area

San Francisco 49ers’ Robbie Gould (9) celebrates following their 25-23 win against the Tennessee Titans for their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
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Robbie Gould didn’t get his wish to play closer to his family in Chicago, but the 49ers were still able to satisfy their kicker in the form of a whopping, new contract that put an end to what he called a “weird offseason.”

Gould, who league sources said signed a two-year, $10.5 fully guaranteed deal that may turn out to be a four-year, $19 million contract months after demanding a trade, said he’s relieved to have the drama behind him.

“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 said on Adam Schefter’s ESPN podcast.

The 36-year-old Gould was more than appreciative that the 49ers were aggressive in making sure a deal got done and said he can’t wait to get back with the team.

“Who knows what would have happened if something didn’t get done, but the 49ers stepped up big-time to get this done,” he said. “And they stepped outside the box and had an open mind and we were able to get something done (Monday), which is kind of nice.

“I know it’s been a crazy 17 months,” Gould said. “There’s been a lot that’s happened, there’s been a lot that’s been said and done on both ends but I’m glad it’s done, I’m glad we can put this behind us and I’m excited to play football and go win a championship.”

Gould has been one of the real bright spots on a 49ers team that’s won just 10 games the past two seasons. He made 72 of his 75 field-goal attempts and he remains the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history — he’s made 87.7 percent of his kicks, trailing only Ravens kicker Justin Tucker’s 90.1 percent.

Knowing he’ll kick with the 49ers for at least the next two years, along with the financial stability Gould gained in the deal, will make it easier for his family to move to the Bay Area after next season. His new contract, which came before Monday’s 1 p.m. (PT) deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term contracts, still came too late for his wife and three children to make the Bay Area home this season.

Gould said his family will stay in Chicago this season since oldest son was already enrolled in kindergarten. But, he said they’ll make a trip out west during the season, and he’ll make trips back home during the bye week and during the 11-day break between a Halloween night game in Arizona and a home game against the Seahawks.

“It’s a tough situation for sure, you know Chicago’s home for me,” said Gould, who kicked for the Bears from 2005-15. “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.”

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