The Bears got kicker Robbie Gould signed to a contract extension on Friday, breaking with General Manager Phil Emery’s statement that the team wasn’t looking to sign any impending free agents to new deals before the end of the season.
Emery said Friday that the team didn’t use all their remaining “emergency funds” to get a deal done with Gould and that they felt they could sign “at least one player if we could find somebody that would fit into that equation.” Gould fit on a deal reportedly worth $15 million over four years with $9 million in guaranteed money.
It’s a contract that Gould described as being “beneficial” for both him and the team. Gould hopes that one of the benefits for the team is that they can retain some of the other players heading for free agency this offseason.
“We’ve got something special here,” Gould said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “You’ve got guys — Jay Cutler, Devin Hester, Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings, James Anderson — you’ve got guys that are up [for new contracts], that if the deal we’ve struck gives a little extra money to keep guys around, then I’m all for it.”
It is unlikely that everyone would be coming back even if Gould had signed for half as much money, which will make for an interesting offseason in Chicago whether it starts on Sunday evening or sometime in 2014.