When the San Francisco 49ers signed Jonathan Brown, it was seen as an obvious camp body. Robbie Gould will be back and this no-name kicker that played for Louisville will be out before Week 1.
Well, that’s not so much the case anymore. Brown is still a long-shot to make the roster. There are better names available in free agency and Brown doesn’t have a single stat to his name.
With Gould’s status in question, Brown at least now has an opportunity, no matter how small that may be.
Experience: 0 seasons
Height: 5’ 10
Weight 194 lbs
He signed a two-year deal in March. His salary in 2019 will be $495,000
What to expect in 2019:
Brown is pretty raw. He hasn’t kicked a single field goal in the regular season and it’s a bit scary to think he could helm place kicking if this Gould situation isn’t resolved. A former soccer player (here come the Ray Finkle jokes), Brown went to football in 2014. So he was playing football for five or so years?
The 49ers will need to bring in a veteran, any veteran, for Brown to compete against. If his last couple years in training camps have got him anywhere, he can rip the job away in competition and be the 49ers’ new option at kicker.
The thing is, there are other more experienced options available. As far as Brown’s kicking, I just don’t know what to say. He made all his preseason kicks in 2018, including a 55-yard boot, but he has no regular season tape.
Odds of making the roster:
It all depends on what Gould does. If Gould sits out, Brown has a chance at getting on the roster with his cheap salary. The 49ers would be wise to bring in a veteran to compete, but if Brown can show something, give him the gig. Of course, if Gould reports, Brown will be out by Week 1 of the regular season. There’s no reason to keep him around then.