As the Bears prepared all week to face the Green Bay Packers this Sunday for a chance to win the North Division, after blowing the chance this past Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, they announced today that they had signed Placekicker, Robbie Gould, to a four-year contract extension worth $15 million.
“This is an awesome opportunity,” Gould said. “This is a special day for a lot of reasons. I thought it was important that I remain a Bear. It means a lot for my career. It means a lot to be able to do some things down the road individually, but also if I’m going to hold a trophy up, I want to hold it up with the Chicago Bears.”
He came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State, signing with the New England Patriots in 2005 first, but then he was let go. However, he quickly signed with the Baltimore Ravens, but he was let go again. He went back home to Pennsylvania where he is from and took a job working construction. Then the Bears came calling, and he signed with them in October of the same year.
He is the third most accurate kicker in NFL history, making 86% of his field goals and he currently is the team’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,021 points, trailing Kevin Butler by 95 points.
“I think we both agreed on what our vision was,” General Manager, Phil Emery said. ”And our vision was that together, some day We would be hugging one another and have a big smile on our face and holding up that Championship trophy. So the extension of Robbie Gould gives that some legs now and into the future and am very happy to announce that.”
Now that Gould is on board, the Bears brass can concentrate on the expiring contracts of Quarterback, Jay Cutler, Return Specialist, Devin Hester, and Cornerbacks, Charles Tillman, and Tim Jennings, but they will worry about those after the season is over.