Fans of the San Francisco 49ers couldn’t help but roast the rival Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, March 12 after the latter traded away their All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey — with many ridiculing the move to send the perennial Pro Bowler to the Miami Dolphins.
But the 49ers could be adding further insult to the Rams according to one insider’s prediction.
With this being free agency week and the signing period officially beginning on Wednesday, March 15, insider and columnist for NBC Sports Bay Area Matt Maiocco said on Monday, March 13 that two Rams “are likely to be of interest to the 49ers:” Placekicker Matt Gay and nose tackle A’Shawn Robinson.
Pro Bowler Would Fill Needed Area
Between the two, it’s Gay who’s likely to be of high importance as a potential roster addition — especially for teams like the 49ers needing an option to give them one or three points each game.
And with Robbie Gould on his way out, the Pro Bowler and Super Bowl 56 champion Gay could most definitely come into play for a 49ers special teams unit needing a placekicker.
Gay is entering his fifth NFL season and is in a position where he’ll suit up for his third NFL franchise with him being an unrestricted free agent. The kicker’s value was set for $2,450,000. Spotrac is predicting his next contract to give him a higher financial elevation: $5.1 million annually and a deal that’s good for four years and $20.505 million.
Gould, meanwhile, said via ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter on March 4 that he plans to test the free agency market after six seasons with the 49ers. David Lombardi added more context to the Gould decision, as the 49ers insider brought up Gould’s likely 2023 value and what S.F. saw during the week of March 1 in Indianapolis as reasons to allow Gould to test the market.
“There were concerns that Robbie Gould’s price would be too high and it appears those were founded. This also means 49ers probably liked what they saw from rookie kickers at combine,” Lombardi shared.
Should the 49ers add Gay, they’ll be adding one of the more accurate kickers around who has delivered back-to-back seasons of hitting more than 93% of his field goal attempts. …read more