Robbie Gould is in; Phil Dawson is out.
The 49ers announced Thursday they agreed to a two-year deal with Gould, the former longtime Bears kicker. He replaces Dawson, who will sign with the division rival Cardinals.
Gould, 35, spent 11 seasons in Chicago and became the team’s all-time leading scorer. He was released before the 2016 season and picked up by the New York Giants in October. He made all 10 field-goal attempts to close out the season. Over his career, Gould has made 286 of 333 field-goal attempts (85.9 percent).
Meanwhile, Dawson agreed to a deal with the Cardinals after spending the past four seasons with San Francisco and missing just six field-goal attempts in the last two seasons. Dawson was nearly double the age of some of his teammates and affectionately was known in the 49ers’ locker room as “Uncle Phil.”
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In 2015, coaches voted Dawson as the team’s MVP after he made 24 of 27 field-goal attempts and converted 20 of 21 extra-point attempts.
Dawson, who at 42 was the second-oldest player in the NFL last season, has earned a little more than $3.1 million in each of the past two years. The 49ers, clearly in rebuilding mode, may have been unwilling to pay that amount this year.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, are moving on from last year’s kicker, Chandler Catanzaro, who made 75 percent of his field-goal tries in 2016, which tied for 29th among qualifying kickers. Dawson’s rate of 85.7 ranked 11th.
Dawson will see at least one familiar face in Arizona’s locker room – safety Antoine Bethea, whom the 49ers released Tuesday and the Cardinals signed Thursday. Another recently released 49er, wide receiver Torrey Smith, reportedly will sign with the Eagles.
Et cetera – Gerald Hodges visited the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, per multiple reports. The free-agent linebacker is not expected back with the 49ers.
▪ Center Marcus Martin, who was waived by the 49ers on Wednesday, was claimed by the Cleveland Browns.
▪ The 49ers may not be finished in free agency. They reportedly are one of the teams looking at defensive tackle Domata Peko, who has played for Cincinnati throughout his 11-year career.