Robbie Gould sounds interested in returning to Chicago

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Just before the start of the 2016 season, Bears General Manager Ryan Pace cut kicker Robbie Gould. Since then, Gould leads the NFL in field goal percentage, while the Bears have had a series of kicking problems. Now Gould’s contract with the 49ers is coming to an end, and the dots are easy to connect.

And they become even easier to connect given Gould’s recent comments. Gould, who still makes the Chicago area his primary home, made an appearance in Chicago on Friday and told the Associated Press that he still considers himself a Bear.

Once a Bear always a Bear,” he said. “I truly mean that. This is where I spent 11 years of my life playing for an awesome organization. I’ve developed a lot of great relationships throughout the city but also the organization, just like I’ve done in New York, just like I’ve done in San Francisco. Will it happen? I don’t know.”

The 49ers will have something to say about that: San Francisco is reportedly read to slap the franchise tag on Gould to keep him from leaving.

“They have the opportunity to get a contract done with me,” Gould said of the 49ers. “Obviously, they have exclusive rights to talk to me until free agency opens. There’s no reason not to. . . . At this point, I’m just enjoying being around my kids and not really worried about the football contract.”

So while Gould sounds interested in a return to Chicago, and the Bears are surely interested given their recent decision to release Cody Parkey, the 49ers may stand in the way, and keep Gould around for at least another year.

38 responses to “Robbie Gould sounds interested in returning to Chicago

  1. Hope lynch doesn’t “fleece” Pace again by keeping Gould! I’m sure the Bears kicking themselves for not taking Solomon Thomas right now…

  2. Yeah as really everybody in Chicago has missed Gould. But wonder if they resign Patrick O’Donnell as he has kickoff experience, to handle them since Gould did not in SF!?

  3. whatjusthapped says:
    February 24, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Resign just in time to miss the playoffs (again) in 2019. Bears had a nice run in 2018 but things will be vastly different in 2019

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    All the starters are returning with the possible exceptions of Amos/Callahan and maybe one more. How is that vastly different, oh right it’s not you’re just scared and jealous of the Bears worst to first move they pulled on your team and the whole division. Don’t even go the Fangio route, he’s a coach, not a player. Nagy is running the show, Fangio wasn’t. I love when the trolls talk non-sense.

    The Bears will be in competition or dominating the NFC North for the next three to five years, get over it kid.

  4. Sorry Blackandblue, no such thing as domination in the NFC North anymore. Competition yes but injuries, everybody wanting to get paid, a QB that isn’t anything special yet, losing starters and not having your defensive coach that was the glue to your team … all you can hope for is competition.

  5. bunners1 says:
    February 24, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Sorry Blackandblue, no such thing as domination in the NFC North anymore. Competition yes but injuries, everybody wanting to get paid, a QB that isn’t anything special yet, losing starters and not having your defensive coach that was the glue to your team … all you can hope for is competition.

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    Sorry bunners1, he definitely said “The Bears will be in competition or dominating the NFC North for the next three to five years” maybe you can’t read or never heard off the Patriots, for example. The Bears are stacked and will be very good for many years, there is no denying it.

  6. clownbaby37 says:
    February 24, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    “Bears will be terrible next year”

    The Bears are going to be fine and they’re no longer the laughing stock of the NFCN. Anyone denying that is just plain lying or trolling. The Lions are are going to be terrible next year, just like they have been for over a half of century.

  7. Resign just in time to miss the playoffs (again) in 2019. Bears had a nice run in 2018 but things will be vastly different in 2019

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    bwhahaha. they’re running the North again this year. with the Vikings in second.

  8. I would love to have Robbie back, but I don’t think the Niners are going to him let go.

    It’s a long off season fellas, calm down with the trash talk and go watch a golf tournament or something.

    Go Bears!!

  9. It’s way too early for anyone to definitively say what the Bears will or will not be for 2019-20. I seem to remember a lot of people thought the Jaguars were going to take that next step after reaching the AFC title game and we all saw what type of year they had.

  10. All things considered, I think saying the Bears leading the division is a safe bet. The Packers are a complete and utter mess, the Vikings screwed up with paying a second string QB 84 million dollars (again!) and my Lions are an embarrassment and completely out of contention for the next two or three years.

  11. If the Bears had Mahomes, Cody Parkey would still be a Bear. Should he had made it? Absolutely. But you have to score more than 15 points on a depleted Eagle secondary with Leblanc (Leblanc!) as their replacement “superstar”. Pace saved his job with the Khalil Mack trade. Mitch “7th replacement” Trubisky showed the NFL his pro-bowl caliber by essentially throwing 2 picks and then having to defer to Theilen so he could throw an INT instead while Mahomes torched the NFC on the other side. Yeah, the problem’s the kicker….

  12. I don’t see the Bears being good for the next 5 years. First, I’m not sold on Trubisky. Second, the Bears schedule was a bit flukey last year. Green Bay and Minnesota both had down years with injuries (5-1 against division teams) and the Bears only had 3 games against playoff teams last year (New England, the Ram, and the Seahawks). The schedule gets much tougher this year. I think Green Bay and the Vikes will be much tougher and this year they also play the Cowboys, the Chiefs, San Diego, New Orleans, the Eagles, and the Rams. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bears were 7-9 this year. Also, watch the cap casualties start, 12 million under the cap this year, 3rd worst cap situation for 2020 and then Trubisky will be due a big contract. BTW, with the trades with the Niners and Oakland, they don’t have valuable draft picks coming up. The Bears window is now.

  13. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    February 24, 2019 at 4:02 pm
    Gould to the Vikings and show the Bears that they made a mistake in releasing him.

    A big thumbs-up for your name! lol…I love it!
    As to your statement, a lot of Bears fans were pretty disgusted with Gould his last year or so. Signing him might just bring the tipping point of BEARable pain to you guys, considering your last big signing.

  14. Don’t blame him. Frisco is a long shot to make the playoffs, and the Bears are much closer. They could have won their playoff game against the Eagles if their field goal was not blocked. Gould would have made that field goal.

  15. If Frisco tags Gould, they may be thinking about trying to reach the playoffs. And if they do not reach the playoffs again, then they may not want to tag him for another year because that may cost them too much money.

  16. I do wonder if the Niners would keep him around or let him go for the same reason the Bears did: Money.

    The Niners of 2019 will probably be as bad as the Bears of 2016 (well, maybe slightly better). So if you know you are rebuilding and won’t be very competitive, is it worth spending 4-5 million on a kicker? It’s the same reason the Bears released Gould back then.

  17. Not sure the Bears defense will be as good this year with Fangio leaving and potential FA losses . Trubisky will need to take a big step forward because he won’t be able to depend on the defense to win games for them at least early in the year while they adjust to the loss of Fangio . Not convinced Trubisky is capable of being a really good QB but this year should answer that question because the team will need him to be more then just a game manager for them to contend .

  18. PrincePaul says:
    February 24, 2019 at 6:33 pm
    I don’t see the Bears being good for the next 5 years. First, I’m not sold on Trubisky.

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    Fair point on Trubisky. But let’s take a look at the other teams in the division. Rogers is an elite player but outsize of him the Packers are a hot mess right now. The other two teams have QBs that have already proven that they can’t cut it. Stafford is going nowhere and Cousins is like 4-26 against teams with winning records. With these things in mind I would say the Bears remain the team to beat in the NFC North

  19. SF should just get a good draft pick for him.

    It’s not like their actually gonna be any good in the near future,

    Rebuild from the ground up.

    Bothe Robbie and the Bears now they belong together.

  20. You can’t put the Genie back in the bottle but this would make sense. It would also say something about a GM who often appears disconnected from reality. I think it would be a great move.

  21. admiral174 says:
    February 25, 2019 at 11:02 am
    SF should just get a good draft pick for him.

    It’s not like their actually gonna be any good in the near future,

    Rebuild from the ground up.

    Bothe Robbie and the Bears now they belong together
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    If your definition of “near future” and “any good” is over 2 years I believe your off base. SF might very well make a significant improvement in 2019 and contend for a playoff berth in 2020. There are a lot of pieces in place and more will be added this off season. Gould will recognize that.

  22. The Bears will be a very interesting team to watch the next few years. They should pretty easily be the top NFCN team next year, but they aren’t that young, they are up against the cap, their QB’s rookie contract won’t go on forever, and they lost a lot of brain power to the Broncos.

  23. The Bears had to let him go, just like teams eventually have to let other good players go…..because at a certain point, they start wanting services rendered salary escalation.

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