The San Francisco 49ers have a decision on Robbie Gould and his team’s future. By December 31, 49 people must decide whether to pick up half of Gould’s $4.5 million base salary. The 38-year-old played 31 goals from 50 yards before Saturday’s game against Arizona.
Gould missed a 41-yard and 37-yard field goal, and there was an extra point. As Gould lost these three goals, the Cardinals had a chance to tie the game. Gould missed an extra point and two field goals, both entered the game, surpassing 50 yards in both attempts.
After winning Saturday, Kyle Shanahan said of Gould:
“You have to understand how Robbie works. Robbie has been incredible since he came to us. He has had an incredible year. Yes, it̵
It doesn’t sound like the coach’s way of making bad performance a decision in a meaningless game. Historically, Gould is one of the three most accurate shooters in the National Football League (NFL). I doubt that this game is enough to change the minds of the decision makers of the 49ers.
With this in mind, his age and salary are a factor. If the 49ers choose to accept Gould’s $2.25 million option next week, he will appear in at least another season. Is it going to spend an extra $2 million for Gould? I will be inclined because of stability. We have seen how bad kickers can turn things around. Some people think that the hypothetical substitute kicker will bring you a similar performance. He has missed a few seasons of playing and has lost nearly 3 million dollars.
These are all decisions that San Francisco must consider. Saving millions of dollars here, signing a big-name free agent or bringing back one of the 40 unrestricted free agents may make a difference. According to Shanahan’s comments, Gould will return to the Bay Area next season.