San Francisco 49ers Place Franchise Tag on Former Penn State Kicker Robbie Gould

By Matthew Filipovits on February 27, 2019 at 7:57 am
Dec 9, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers punter Bradley Pinion (5) holds the ball for kicker Robbie Gould (9) against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

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The San Francisco 49ers have placed their franchise tag on former Penn State kicker Robbie Gould, keeping him in the Bay Area through the 2019 season.

2018 was somewhat of a career year for Gould. He connected on 33 of his 34 field goal attempts, good for a 91.7 percent field goal percentage, and was 27 for 29 on extra points. That 91.7 field goal percentage is a career high when he's attempted at least 11 field goals.

Gould has been one of the NFL's best kickers in his two years with San Francisco, missing just three field goals and four extra points over that span. This coming off the heels of an 11-year run with the Bears, that saw him connect on over 85 percent of his field goal attempts and on 99 percent of his extra points. He was named to his first and only Pro Bowl in 2006. He left Chicago as the Bears' all-time leading scorer.

A native of Jersey Shore, PA, Gould walked on at Penn State in 2001 and became an instant weapon. He was nearly automatic on extra points, making 95 percent of his career PATs. Field goals were a bit of a different story.  He made 63.9 percent of his field goal attempts in his career, with 2002 being his best season, connecting on 17 of his 23 kicks.

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