Bears cut Robbie Gould

AP

The Bears are moving on from their longtime kicker.

Robbie Gould, who has been the Bears’ kicker since 2005, has been told he’s getting cut, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Gould, the Bears’ longest-tenured player and only player remaining from their last Super Bowl appearance, was scheduled to make $2.9 million this season, and the Bears have apparently decided to go with a cheaper kicker. It’s unclear at this point who that cheaper kicker will be.

Last year the 34-year-old Gould made 33 of 39 field goals, with a long of 55 yards, and 28 of 29 extra points. He managed touchbacks on 60.7 percent of his kickoffs. It’s likely he’ll catch on somewhere else and kick in the NFL this season, just not in Chicago.

54 responses to “Bears cut Robbie Gould

  1. As a lifelong Vikes fan, I’m glad we won’t have to face him
    twice a year

    Solid kicker for a decade, very accurate
    Looks like the new regime continues to dump the “old” Bears:

    Marshall, Forte, Tillman, Gould

    When will Cutler be shown the door?

  2. Gould was showing his age. Missing FGs and PATs in Preseason. Lost the Bears 2 games last year in regular season. He is not worth 2.9 million dollars when the Bears could find someone off the street for 25% of the price.

  3. They probably asked him to take a pay cut, and he most likely refused. I will get picked up, but probably not for the same 2.9 mil.

  4. Interesting day. They apparently pass on a paying a Pro Bowl guard (an area of serious need) and drop an expensive kicker.

    Sounds like they have a five year plan in place, which makes sense considering that nobody on this team other than Long and maybe McPhee is of the quality to start for a consistently winning team.

    Why pay for any talent when there is zero chance of winning?

  5. I don’t question the move per se. Robbie lost his mojo last season and didn’t get it back this preseason so it was time to move on. What I do question is the timing. This should have been done with more lead time than a week before the season opener. Like, a LOT more lead time. Saving a couple mil to sign Sitton is the only reason I can even think would be behind this.

    I’m sure Pace has a guy lined up but just like an OL, the kicking battery needs some time to gel. I am preparing for some muffed holds and missed chip shots early on while whoever the new kicker is, gets in sync with the snapper and holder.

  6. That 49er loss was pretty brutal, but as the biggest cutler defender I felt safe when robbie came in for the last kick in the game at 40 yards away because the offense couldn’t get them closer than that for most drives. Hope he ends up in a good spot.

  7. the writing was on the wall, he missed some crutial kicks last season and didn’t do much in preseason to justify his 3 million a year salary. Couple cheaper options out there who probably will perform same as Gould will do this year. Great Bear and he’ll retire as one also.

  8. And this is why the Bears are losers. Talk about a cheapskate inept organization.

    The competent organizations and those that want to win are far outnumbered by the loser, inept organizations. Then the loser organizations cry like little babies when other teams win and claim they cheat.

    What a pathetic league the NFL has become

  9. So lets see the NFL is now down to the only organizations that care about winning:

    Patriots
    Steelers
    Bengals
    Seahawks
    Packers
    Cardinals
    Panthers

    So 7 out of 32 that truly care about winning
    The rest of the owners just collect all the cash

  10. As a lifelong Bears fan, I just want to thank “Good As” Gould for his many great years of service with countless clutch kicks in difficult conditions. I also would commend Robbie for his off the field charity work in Chicago and the way he represented da Bears in the community…..Here’s hoping Good Ol’ Number 9 is able to catch on with another team and put off undefeated Father Time in the N-F-L Not For Fun League….Like a lot of things in life, the misses always seem to haunt more than the makes….The one missed Gould kick that comes to mind that stings more than any other was in Minnesota in Trestman’s rookie season when the coach elected to go for the FG on third down and Robbie missed and the Vikings later came back to win and finish off an improbable comeback…An OT make to sink the Seahawks in a home playoff game seems an appropriate counter-balance….Stay Golden Robbie….all the best to you moving forward!

  11. .
    The Patriots at one time had both Adam Vinatieri and Robbie Gould in camp at the same time. They waived Gould and then lost Vinatieri to free agency. Unfazed, Belichick simply selected Stephen Gostkowski in the next draft.
    .

  12. ….the BEARS must be signing Cody Parkey…Eagles were dumb to cut him….just 2 years ago he had the MOST POINTS EVER IN A ROOKIE season…..yes hes coming off a injury but he looked 95% recovered during preseason…great young kicker..

  13. TheBrownswillstinkagain says:
    Sep 4, 2016 10:01 PM
    So lets see the NFL is now down to the only organizations that care about winning:

    Patriots
    Steelers
    Bengals
    Seahawks
    Packers
    Cardinals
    Panthers

    So 7 out of 32 that truly care about winning
    The rest of the owners just collect all the cash

    ——————————————-

    I’d throw the Chiefs and Broncos in there, they seem to be trying and doing well. Several others “try,” but just don’t know what they’re doing.

    Overall I’d say you’re on to something, though. Probably 1/3 of the owners actually care, 2/3 are just lining their pockets. Sad.

  14. He is not worth 2.9 million dollars when the Bears could find someone off the street for 25% of the price.

    Let your 1/4 the price kicker miss a game-winning field goal and you’ll probably change your mind.

  15. Thank you for your service Robbie – it was a luxury the last 10 years not being worried about whether or not a kick would go in. It was usually guaranteed. There’s no doubt he’ll get picked up by another team.

    Out of all the studs that Pace has released, Cutler is the lone survivor. Absolutely mind boggling

  16. gbbvan says:
    Sep 4, 2016 9:31 PM
    This Packer fan says WOW.
    Gould was gold!
    Making room for Sitton? LOL

    ————————————–

    You are a football prophet.

    Please tell me where to send my money.

  17. The Bears cut a veteran kicker who probably only has a couple years left in his career and some of you schleprocks start posting comments like the whole team just died in a plane crash. Hilarious.

  18. This guy basically just posted a list of teams that made the playoffs last year. But these are the only teams that care about winning? Lol

    Are you new to the NFL or pro sports in general? It can be pretty cyclical just like the stock market. Every year there are teams that surprise and come out of nowhere and others that nosedive into the gutter.

    To say these 7 teams are the only teams that care about winning and the rest just care about money is some real water head logic. No, they must happen to be the teams that were good last year. All teams want to win and of course winning = more money.

    TheBrownswillstinkagain says:
    Sep 4, 2016 10:01 PM
    So lets see the NFL is now down to the only organizations that care about winning:

    Patriots
    Steelers
    Bengals
    Seahawks
    Packers
    Cardinals
    Panthers

    So 7 out of 32 that truly care about winning
    The rest of the owners just collect all the cash

  19. Wonder how this news was greeted by the players? The timing is especially interesting. If they planned to cut him, we would have seen the competition when training camp started.

    Makes me wonder if there were some words exchanged that led to his dismissal. Then again, the Bears have a track record for cutting team leaders … so you never know.

  20. It appears that the Bears are getting serious about tearing things apart and rebuilding. We’ve seen in Chicago what happens when you try to compete and half-a$$ rebuild at the same time- the White Sox have been doing it for years and they just tread water.

    The Cubs, on the other hand, put a whole rebuilding plan in place, changed the philosophy of the organization from the top to the bottom of the minor leagues, and are reaping the benefits now after some very lean years, and should seriously contend for several years. This Bears’ team wasn’t going anywhere for the next couple of years anyway, so why not clean house. Cutler’s guaranteed money ends after this season, so he’s likely gone after this season.

    Hopefully these guys are intelligent enough to build the team and execute a plan the right way, and the McCaskeys let them do their thing. But I’ll surely take some lean years, then watch some exciting new talent come up, rather than wallow in perennial mediocrity. This is a team that has made the playoffs 4 times in the last 21 years, and the way the Packers and Vikings are built, and even the Lions, they can’t effectively compete in this division right now.

    They’ve gotten rid of Bennett, Forte, and Cutler is gone next year. Langford isn’t going to be the guy, and the defensive backfield is a mess. They should be in a good draft position next year. All we need is Jim Tomsula at head coach we are guaranteed a Top 2 draft pick.

  21. Let your 1/4 the price kicker miss a game-winning field goal and you’ll probably change your mind.

    =====================

    My $3 million kicker missed a couple last year and didn’t play all that great this pre-season season.

    I’ll always respect Gould, but his salary was out of whack at the end of the day with other needs to fill.

  22. I don’t think the Bears would cut Gould if they thought they were going to contend this year. I hope they rest of the team does not see this as a white flag. I also agree that if this was going to happen it should have happened weeks ago so the unit could gel!!!

  23. If the Bears offense could score TD’s, or get closer than the 20 more often, they woudn’t need anything more than an average kicker. It’s frustrating that this team seems to go “three and out” often (18th in 2015).

  24. It was the right move for Chi. Gould was sub-par most of last year and showed no signs of improvement this year so far. Plus, the $3 million he was going to get was better used on Josh Sitton who is a HUGE upgrade at LG. This was a no brainer.

  25. Gould was a great kicker for the Bears for sure. But, it seems that the misses had become a little more frequent. The simple fact is that 4 Million a year is a little too much for a kicker… Someone will sign him, but not for what Chicago was paying. He was a great kicker who a franchise rewarded very well.

  26. Robbie Gould gone the way of Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte. Both on the New York Jets now. Maybe he’ll end up I’m the Jets. Maybe there’s some money being passed under the table between the New York Jets and the Bears if Robbie Gould ends up being a jet

  27. The Bears are being run like a true business. Wins and losses mean little but salaries are critical. that’s why all the proven pros are gone and this will continue until the Bears are sold to a person with much deeper pockets or people stop buying tickets to Soldier’s Field.

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