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Report: 49ers use franchise tag to secure K Robbie Gould

Jesse Reed

The San Francisco 49ers are the first team this offseason to use the franchise tag. They used it to secure kicker Robbie Gould in 2019, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Gould had recently expressed a desire to potentially return to the Chicago Bears. However, the 49ers had no desire to let this consistent kicker hit the open market and have him back for at least one year, barring a long-term deal this spring.

In the past two seasons with the 49ers, Gould made 72-of-75 kicks and converted 55-of-59 extra-point attempts.