Kicker Robbie Gould and the Chicago Bears came to terms on a four-year contract extension Friday afternoon that will keep the 31 year-old in blue and orange through 2017.
According to Pro Football Talk, the deal is reportedly worth $15 million, with $9 million in guarantees. His last big deal with the team came in 2008 and was worth $15.5 million over six years, with $4 million guaranteed.
“This is a special day,” Gould said during a press conference at Halas Hall, “and I want to thank [the Bears] for the opportunity.”
Neither Gould nor the Bears were willing to comment on the specifics of the deal but Gould said, “We reached a deal that makes a lot of sense for us collectively. If the deal that I struck leaves a little extra money to keep some other guys around, I'm all for it. I think we can do something down the road that’s very special.”
The Bears have 30 other players set to hit the free agent market in 2014, and Gould’s extension is expected to be the first of many in an effort to secure a roster for next season.
Gould and his agent came to the Chicago Bears prior to the start of training camp this past July, asking to renegotiate, but general manager Phil Emery insisted the team would not offer any contract extensions during the regular season.
Gould was outspoken about his situation and told the media, “If [the Bears] were smart they would try to get their core group of players and re-sign them before the end of the year and try to make it work, but a lot of us are sitting in a great position. You might see a lot of guys exit the Bears.”
Continued: “That’s why I asked to renegotiate two weeks ago. I’m not focused on it, but you know what, I’m playing for a deal. I’m playing to feed my family.”
Gould is the most accurate kicker in Bears’ history and ranks third all-time in NFL annals. He is currently on pace to tie his own mark for the best single-season field goal percentage in team history connecting on 89.7 percent of his kicks this year (26-29).
Gould established that mark in 2008 and currently owns the top seven single-season field goal percentages in franchise history.
Between 2005 and 2006 Gould set a team-record with 26 straight field goals made, connecting on at least 20 field goals in all nine of his seasons — 25 in six of them and a team record 32 in 2006 when he was elected to the Pro Bowl.
He currently sits second on the Bears’ all-time scoring list with 1,021 points and is on track to pass Kevin Butler’s 1,116 points in 2014. Gould has 119 points through 15 games in 2013 and now has seven seasons where he has totaled more than 100 points for the Bears, the most in franchise history.
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