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Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from the Internet

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Chicago Bears v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

For the 1st time since 2012, the 49ers used their non-exclusive franchise tag on kicker Robbie Gould. Robbie was one of the first free agent signings when John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan were hired and he has been almost automatic since arriving. He made 72 out of 75 field goals since 2017. He led the NFL in field goal percentage last season. The 49ers can match any offers other teams make to Gould, but he’s not leaving because the 49ers would get two 1st round picks for losing him, which is a lot for a kicker even of Gould’s caliber.

There were rumors that Robbie would like to go back to the Chicago Bears. But the 49ers had no interest in letting one of the most reliable kickers walk. Robbie will likely make around $5 million in 2019 under the tag. The team had over $60 million in cap space. The tagging of Robbie means the 49ers will expect to be contending for a playoff spot this season. Knowing that they have a reliable kicker for at least one more season allows the team to address the other needs with the salary cap space.

49ers links

Free safety (Cohn)

Nick Bosa (Maiocco)

When healthy, he proved to be a good receiver | Bright future for Dante Pettis (Madson)

1st team this offseason to use the tag | Using the franchise tag on Robbie Gould (Alper)

They didn’t want to let such a reliable kicker go | 49ers set at kicker (49ers staff)

The 49ers expect to be competing next season | Lynch and Shanahan tag one of their 1st free agents of their regime in Gould (Wagoner)

Robbie Gould (Madson)

Using the non-exclusive tag (Cohn)

Not really a contest | Kittle was the 49ers’ most improved player (Renner)

Gould is not heading to back Chicago (Inman)

Used the tag on their reliable kicker (Branch)

Big decision in the draft will be made a little easier with the combine coming up | NFL combine coming up (Martin)

Only the 49ers have used a franchise tag (Florio)

Using the RPO in 2019 (Cohn)

Who will they actually sign? | Signing AB and Earl Thomas? (Maiocco)

Gould likely gets around $5 million next year (Maiocco)

Using the tag for the 1st time since 2012 (Biderman)

The combine’s effect on the #2 pick (Biderman)

The XFL and Colin (Madson)

Joey Bosa’s effect on his brother Nick (Madson)