49ers’ coach Kyle Shanahan reacts to Robbie Gould not attending minicamp
San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould isn’t attending mandatory minicamp as he looks for the team to trade him. Like any coach, Kyle Shanahan wants all his players at camp, but, most importantly, he hopes Gould shows up before week one.
Shanahan knows how good Gould is, and how much he can help the team this season. He doesn’t care when he shows up, as long as it’s in time to play games.
“I’d much rather Robbie be here and doing everything,” Shanahan said via Pro Football Talk. “I love having him around. But I understand how he feels and what’s going on. If that’s the way he’d like to do it, no problem at all. All of us want it to be perfect the way we want it, but if he doesn’t want to show up until Week One, it is what it is. I’ll take a very good kicker any time, whether it’s Week One or on third down just one play before we have to kick. Robbie’s a hell of a kicker and nothing’s changed on that. I just hope he shows up by the time we play Week One.”
The 49ers placed the franchise tag on Gould for $5 million this upcoming season but he hasn’t signed the tender yet so he can’t be fined by the team.
It’s unclear if Gould will report to the team if the 49ers don’t trade him, but there is no doubt he makes whatever team he is on better next year.