The Mercury News

49ers make change at kicker, acquire Gonzalez


The 49ers ushered out Robbie Gould's six-year tenure Friday by acquiring kicker Zane Gonzalez from the Carolina Panthers. Gonzalez was acquired for a conditiona­l swap of lateround picks in the 2025 draft, the 49ers said.

Gonzalez, who must still pass a physical to complete the trade, was deemed expendable once the Panthers signed Eddie Pineiro to a two-year deal Thursday.

Gould remains on the free agent market that opened last week. He announced March 4 that he would not be re-signing with the 49ers, who still could use one of their 11 picks in next month's draft on a kicker to challenge Gonzalez.

Gonzalez, 27, missed last season with a quadriceps injury.

For the Panthers in 2021, Gonzalez made 20-of-22 field-goal attempts (22-of23 point-after kicks) in 12 games before a quadriceps injury ended his season.

Gonzalez's career totals include an 80.5-percent field-goal accuracy with 91 field goals and 400 points.

Gonzalez has never kicked in the playoffs. But he does moonlight as a kickoff specialist, and that is a trait the 49ers wanted their kicker to have, and what they had in Gould, rather than relegate that chore to punter Mitch Wishnowsky.

— Cam Inman RAVENS, AGHOLOR REACH DEAL Baltimore has reached an agreement in principle on a new contract with wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who caught 31 passes for 362 yards and two touchdowns with the New England Patriots last season.

Agholor, 29, played his first five NFL seasons with the Eagles, then one with the Raiders and two with the Patriots.


Defensive tackle John Jenkins, who played for Miami the past two seasons. signed a free-agent contract with the Raiders.

Jenkins has also played for the New Orleans Saints (2013-16), the Seattle Seahawks (2016), the Chicago Bears (2017, 2020) and the New York Giants (2018). BROWNS, GOODWIN AGREE TO DEAL >> Cleveland agreed to on a one-year deal with receiver Marquise Goodwin, a person familiar with the negotiatio­ns told The Associated Press. Goodwin spent last season with Seattle, finishing with 27 receptions for 387 yards and four TDs.


RECORD >> Matt Kuchar was among those who advanced to the knockout stage at the WGC-Dell Technologi­es Match Play at Austin Country Club.

Kuchar beat Si Woo Kim 7-and-6 to win his 36th match in tournament history, matching the record held by Tiger Woods.

Defending champion Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa and Xander Schauffele each won their groups to advance. Others moving on were J.T. Poston, J.J. Spaun, Jason Day, Mackenzie Hughes, Sam Burns, Lucas Herbert, Andrew Putnam, Kurt Kitayama, Billy Horschel and Cameron Young.


Carlos Alcaraz beat Facundo Bagnis 6-0, 6-2 to advance to the third round. at the Miami Open Friday, keeping his world No. 1 ranking over idle Novak Djokovic, who is not participat­ing. Djokovic can't travel to the United States as a foreign citizen who is not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Bianca Andreescu ousted No. 7 seed Maria Sakkari 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to advance on the women's side.


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