Robbie Gould was noncommittal Wednesday on whether he’ll be signed and kicking for 49ers by their Sept. 8 opener, much less at training camp in two weeks.
“I’m not going to commit to making any decision right now,” said Gould, who’ll be competing in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament this week at Edgewood Tahoe.
Gould’s kicking career remains in limbo after skipping the 49ers offseason program, and he harbors no urgency to sign a franchise-tagged tender of $5 million for this coming season.
“I don’t really have a plan right now,” Gould said. “Obvious there is a deadline and I don’t have to make any decisions anytime soon. … The deadline to sign a long-term contract is Monday, and the rest of that (potential holdout) is up to me.”
He has options, as supported by the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players union. He could skip training camp, which opens July 26, and wait to report until Week 1 to start earning his $5 million contract. Or, he could wait until Week 10 to report and earn a prorated salary. Or he could sit out the entire season, as the Le’Veon Bell did last year to spurn the Pittsburgh Steelers’ franchise tag.