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Bears sign Robbie Gould to contract extension

Robbie Gould AP

The Bears’ offseason to-do list is now a little shorter.

The club announced Friday it had signed kicker Robbie Gould through the 2017 season.

A league source tells PFT that Gould’s contract has $9 million in guarantees. Overall, it’s a four-year, $15 million pact.

Gould, 31, was slated to be a free agent at season’s end. The Bears’ kicker since 2005, Gould has connected on 234-of-272 field goals (86.0 percent) and 319-of-321 extra points in his NFL career.

Gould is 26-of-29 on field goals this season for Chicago, which plays for the NFC North title Sunday against Green Bay. Gould has also forced 35 touchbacks on 83 kickoffs.

Gould’s extension comes three days before his 32nd birthday.

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12 Responses to “Bears sign Robbie Gould to contract extension”
  1. LilTmac2003 says: Dec 27, 2013 2:41 PM

    One of the missed field goals came against the Vikings when the Bears went for a 66yd FG.

    Robbie Gould is definitely one of the most accurate kickers ever. To be accurate in a windy Soldier Field is even more astonishing.

    I went to a Bears practice once too and he’s a super chill dude. Deserves the extension, no doubt.

  2. herlies says: Dec 27, 2013 2:42 PM

    I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the “big Bears announcement”

    This is incredible news. Truly a day to celebrate in Chicago.

  3. mcmeen0576 says: Dec 27, 2013 2:45 PM

    Robbie came by local Washington, Illinois multiples times after the town was leveled by a tornado. Visited the football team which was in a final four game once and came and helped clean up the wreckage during another visit. Great guy, Great Bear, Great signing! #BearDown

  4. viachicago22 says: Dec 27, 2013 2:46 PM

    There has got to be a clause that he can never kick on second down ever, ever again.

  5. Jason Saidoo says: Dec 27, 2013 3:01 PM

    So much for the “we don’t negotiate contracts in season”…

  6. hscorpio says: Dec 27, 2013 3:04 PM

    Good for the Bears that they locked up one of their best players.

    Too bad he’s only a kicker.

  7. blackhawks2010 says: Dec 27, 2013 3:07 PM

    Good as Gould! Great news, one of the best if not the best kicker in the history of the NFL. End your career with the good guys. Well done Robbie #classact

  8. troybulletinboard says: Dec 27, 2013 4:14 PM

    robbie is a good kicker. he talks a little too much sometimes but it’s not unbearable as long as he’s doing his job.

  9. ravenswhat says: Dec 27, 2013 4:28 PM

    Good lord. They gave no issue giving $ to a kicker but its pulling teeth for their franchise RB.

  10. larryboodry says: Dec 27, 2013 5:15 PM

    ravenswhat says: Dec 27, 2013 4:28 PM

    “Good lord. They gave no issue giving $ to a kicker but its pulling teeth for their franchise RB.”

    Their franchise RB already has a contract in place.

  11. larryboodry says: Dec 27, 2013 5:18 PM

    Good move by the Bears. And here’s hoping that off-season to-do list gets put off for a few weeks.

  12. shaggytoodle says: Dec 27, 2013 5:37 PM

    I don’t blame him grabbing the money while he can. Its weird position that can see Kickers just be gone after being some pretty solid seasons like Crosby or Hartley (?) Saints kicker.

    I am going to give my friend a bunch of grief about his Bears if he goes 1 for 4 on Sunday though.

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