49ers place franchise tag on kicker Robbie Gould

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The 49ers have placed the franchise tag on kicker Robbie Gould in order to keep Gould in 2019 for a price tag of about $5 million.

Gould has been the NFL’s most accurate kicker during his two seasons with San Francisco and they feared the Chicago Bears were interested in picking him up.

Cody Parkey, after he missed a field goal off the left upright and crossbar in a 16-15 wild-card loss to Philadelphia at home last month, was released by the Bears leaving them with no reliable kicker.

Gould attended that game with his family and has lived in the Chicago area even after the Bears released him 3 years ago.