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Old 02-26-2019, 02:09 PM   #1
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49ers placed franchise tag on Robbie Gould.

Oh well , there goes the reunion with Da Bears.. at least for 2019.

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With that, the Niners become the first team to use the franchise tag this offseason. Gould will earn roughly $5M in 2019 on the tender, unless the two sides avoid the tag with an extension.

Gould has nailed 72 of 75 field goal attempts over the last two years with the Niners, and he ranks as the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history. That’s especially impressive when considering that Gould has spent eleven of his 14 seasons kicking out of Soldier Field with the Bears.
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49ers placed franchise tag on Robbie Gould.
Franchising a placekicker? That tells you a lot about the 49ers and their own expectations of red zone failure.
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Franchising a placekicker? That tells you a lot about the 49ers and their own expectations of red zone failure.
It's been done in the past and happens more often than you probably realize.

More likely the 49ers don't need their franchise tag for any other position, and want to retain control over Gould's services. They could pay him a lot this year, or could still sign and trade him.
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I think Gould recently spotted in Chicago and saying things like "Once a Bear, always a Bear" might have nudged the 49ers to tag him .

I wish he would've returned to the Bears, but that's business.
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Gronk announced his retirement. Great player.
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Gronk announced his retirement. Great player.
He was fun.

Good for him. I assume he starts his new career as an action movie hero soon.

Pats will still reach the Super Bowl this season. Need to find a new tight end first.
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....More likely the 49ers don't need their franchise tag for any other position, and want to retain control over Gould's services. They could pay him a lot this year, or could still sign and trade him.
Exactly. The Niners are still in rebuild mode and the only players that are absolute keepers are Jimmy Garoppolo and Joe Staley. It takes 3 yrs to learn Shanahan's offense so JG is only in year 2. Staley wants to retire a Niner and is reaching the end of his career anyway.

Gould's consistency was $$$ in the bank which took a lot of pressure off a young team struggling to learn how to be a cohesive offense. Better to tag him a franchise player for this year and try to find a replacement to work in from FA, or as pointed out above, trade him.

Per Fansided, back in Jan 2019:
"According to Over the Cap, the Niners are slated to have $62,029,329 in total cap space against a $190 million cap in 2019. That number includes the roughly $42.7 million in 2018 carryover, and 49ers CEO Jed York reiterated a few years ago his team always carries over unused space into the following season.

That number sits eighth highest in the league heading into the offseason. It’s a good position for San Francisco to be in, considering the team has more than a handful of needs in 2019 and will likely be more aggressive in NFL free agency than they were just shy of a year ago at this time. "

Niners are fighting the AZ Cardinals to avoid being the team who is dead last in the NFC West in 2019. They are not a match for the Rams or even the gradually deteriorating Seahawks (as long as Russell Wilson can remain upright, which is becoming questionable if he doesn't get a better front line).

The Niners' secret weapon is Seahawks GM John Schneider. He has made some very iffy decisions over the last few years that have hurt that team.
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Pats will still reach the Super Bowl this season. .
Well..............goes without saying doesn't it?

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Going to Bears practice today. Let's see if they can meet the high expectations for this year.
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Heard a funny one the other day.

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Hoping my NHL luck spills over to NFL this year. Won my Blues season point total bet and then in February in Tahoe on a flyer, put $200 on them at 50-1. So this year I am taking 8.5 Cowboys over, and split ticket 7.5/8 Titans over.
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My Browns will finally have a winning season, after years of heartbreak, and multiple mediocre quarterbacks. I think many of the pieces are in place, and the proper mindset for a run into the playoffs this season....can't wait !
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Well the Bengals wont be giving the Browns a run for their money this year. AJ Green is out through at least half of the year and a few weeks ago their first round draft pick got injured and out for the year. New head coach and staff. They might win 7 games.

I pull for the Falcons (cause I'm a gluton for punishment and just cant hear enough 28 - 3 jokes) Originally from that area and been following them since they played in Atlanta Fulton County Stadium.

Falcons are healthy right now, and all the injured defensive guys from last year are back. Offense has revamped the O-line (spent two first round picks just for the line) so I have high hopes the offense will shine this year. But, the Saints will be hard to topple for the Division, but here's hoping we don't just roll over and hand it to them.
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Falcons let their kicker since 2009 (Matt Bryant who is 44 yeas old) go in the off season for a younger guy. Yeah...... that's not working out so well, so now they have brought Matt Bryant back in for a workout and probable inking of a new contract. Falcon fans call him "money Matt" not because of his contract but because he very rarely misses.

Looking forward to this season. Revamped O-line and the defense finally looks like it could be top 10.
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I'm looking forward to the regular season starting. I hate preseason games. I just can't get into them. Unfortunately for me I'll be deployed with the army for nearly the entire regular season, so in addition to taking a 50% pay cut while I'm gone, I don't know if I'll be able to catch any games. Bummer.

Andrew Luck retired. Less than 24 hours prior my brother-in-law drafted him in his fantasy football league. I couldn't stop myself from laughing at his misfortune.

As an Eagles fan, I'm uneasy about Wentz's health. If he stays healthy, I think we'll go far this season. If not, well, the depth isn't there like it has been the last two years.
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I'm looking forward to the regular season starting. I hate preseason games. I just can't get into them. Unfortunately for me I'll be deployed with the army for nearly the entire regular season, so in addition to taking a 50% pay cut while I'm gone, I don't know if I'll be able to catch any games. Bummer.

Andrew Luck retired. Less than 24 hours prior my brother-in-law drafted him in his fantasy football league. I couldn't stop myself from laughing at his misfortune.

As an Eagles fan, I'm uneasy about Wentz's health. If he stays healthy, I think we'll go far this season. If not, well, the depth isn't there like it has been the last two years.
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If pre-season play is any indication of regular season play, the Texans are ranked at least 15 slots to high in the power rankings. Yes I know they aren't playing their starters very much in pre-season, and they don't have their "act" together yet, but their second and third stringers are pretty bad. Got to admit, the Cowboys didn't look much better.
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