Chicago Bears: 3 potential trade packages for Robbie Gould

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The Chicago Bears made a mistake releasing kicker Robbie Gould back in September 2016. They have a chance to right their wrong.

Adam Schefter is reporting that former Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould will not sign or negotiate a long-term deal to remain with the San Francisco 49ers and has requested a trade.

Gould, 36, went undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft before spending time on both the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens training camp teams. He was eventually picked up the Bears in October 2005 to replace the injured Doug Brien.

In 11 seasons with the team, Gould made 276-of-323 field goal attempts and 379-of-383 extra points. He was released a week before the first regular season game in the 2016 season. Since then, he has been on the Giants and 49ers converting 96.4 percent of his field goals and 91.4 percent on extra points.

Since Gould’s departure, it has been a revolving door at the kicker position with guys like Connor Barth, Mike Nugent, Cairo Santos, and Cody Parkey all having come and been shown the door. The Bears signed undrafted kicker, Redford Jones out of Tulsa shortly before releasing Parkey.

Fans were given a bit of hope when Gould expressed that he would like to play for a contender and have some long-term stability back in mid-February. With all signs pointing towards Chicago, it was not long after that the 49ers officially placed the franchise tag on Gould.

Since then, the Bears have added former University of Pittsburgh kicker Chris Blewitt and former AAF kicker Elliott Fry, who was given a three-year contract. At the time, it was pretty much set in stone that it was going to be a three-way competition for the job.

Recently, Gould submitted his long-term contract proposals to the 49ers front office, and then came the news that he had pulled these proposals and wants to be traded. Now it’s just a matter of time before the 49ers to find a trade partner, and here are three trade packages that could bring Robbie Gould back to Chicago.

It should be noted that the 49ers would be required to rescind the franchise tag they placed on Gould, because under the tag, a trade with any team would net the 49ers two first-round draft picks.