If the Chicago Bears trade for Robbie Gould, what should they give up?
All offseason fans and media have called for the Chicago Bears to find a way to add Robbie Gould to their roster. While it consistently has looked like a farfetched dream, that dream slowly started to get real when it was reported that Gould called off contract negotiations, and would like to move on to another team.
This comes in an offseason in which Gould has openly stated that he would come back to Chicago, where his family lives. The Chicago Bears need a kicker, and Gould is looking for a longterm home, could this be a reunion?
While the pieces make sense, they need to find a way to come together with the 49ers on the right compensation. This is going to be an interesting debate point considering he is a kicker.
However, despite being a kicker, he is currently on a franchise tag, signifying that he is a top five kicker in the NFL. That holds some value, albeit small. The 49ers will not just cut him.
While the positional value is tough to parse out, it is even tougher to considering all of the outside circumstances. To start, the Bears should not want to trade much for Gould. He is demanding a trade on a team that can only tie him down next season. Gould has admitted he wants to sign a long-term deal and not play on a tag, and all signs point to him reaching a long-term deal much easier in Chicago?
How many teams are going to not only trade for a kicker but trade for one who is not likely to sign a long-term deal? A small market got smaller.
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Still, the 49ers do have some leverage. They know that the Chicago Bears are desperate as well. Once the Bears make their draft selections, the value of the pick goes down, because it is not a player the 49ers may want. At some point this weekend, the Bears would have to step to the plate and decide whether to make the trade or move on altogether.
Then the question comes down to how much Ryan Pace actually wants Gould. We have heard Gould say he wants to come back, but Pace is the one who cut Gould. Does Pace want him back?
The Bears do not have many drafts picks this year, however, we have already experimented drafting a kicker with one of their two seventh-round picks. By drafting a kicker they have a young option who is also cheaper. Still, with Gould, they have a bird in their hand. Would one of the 7ths be enough?
In the fifth round, they could add a player such as Devine Ozigbo, or Dexter Williams. That seems to be too high. They traded Jordan Howard for a 2020 6th round pick, could they send a similar return for Robbie Gould? Would you be happy trading Howard for Gould in a roundabout way?
What is the highest you would trade for Gould? Personally, I would not send the fifth round pick but would send anything lower in value.