The Niners head coach told reporters Tuesday he's generally content to let the situation resolve itself and that "it is what it is" if Gould stays away until San Francisco faces off with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1.
The 49ers placed the franchise tag on Gould in February, which is worth a little over $4.9 million for the upcoming season. However, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the 36-year-old had yet to sign the one-year tender and wouldn't attend San Francisco's mandatory minicamp.
Schefter previously reported in April that Gould "has pulled the contract proposals he sent to the team" and wants to be traded rather than sign a new contract with the 49ers.
Brian Mackler, Gould's agent, issued a statement to Schefter indicating the 2006 All-Pro had no plans to rush his holdout: "At this time, we are unsure when or if he will report. It will not be prior to Sept. 8, at the earliest, if at all."
Gould has been very good in his two years with San Francisco. He's 72-of-75 on field goals and 55-of-59 on extra points.
Re-signing Gould is obviously the ideal outcome for the 49ers, so striking a diplomatic tone is the right move for Shanahan. Attempting to play hardball would probably risk further alienating the veteran kicker.
Given how much he wishes for an exit, though, the team might either have to trade Gould or continue to let him sit at home and head into the 2019 with a new starting kicker.