In a surprising move on Tuesday, kicker Robbie Gould told the San Francisco 49ers he no longer plans to negotiate a long-term deal and requested to be traded. The move came just one day after general manager John Lynch assured reporters that Gould would be in uniform and handling kicking duties for the upcoming regular season.

The 49ers used the non-exclusive franchise tag on Gould in February and hoped to work out a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline to do so.

One former college player is taking advantage of the new development. Dalton Hall, who handled kicking and punting duties for Tuskegee University, campaigned via Twitter on Tuesday for Gould's job.


Hall (6-2, 280), who kicks with his right foot and punts with his left, also noted that he recently connected on a 70-yard field goal and shared a video of the kick.


Gould has not signed his franchise-tag contract and is giving the impression that he is unlikely to do so without a trade. The only other kicker on the roster is Jonathan Brown, whom the 49ers signed to a two-year deal in March.

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San Francisco might also look to add another punter this offseason. The team allowed Bradley Pinion to hit free agency and sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 49ers have just six selections in the upcoming draft so they may bring in undrafted free agents to compete for their kicking jobs. Or the team could opt to bring in a veteran free agent.