Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears have locked up Robbie
Gould for the next four years, with the team announcing Friday that the
longtime kicker has agreed to a contract extension that will run through the
Financial terms were not disclosed. Gould, who has served as Chicago's kicker
since 2005, was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at season's end.
Gould, who turns 32 on Dec. 30, has been a model of consistency during his
nine-year tenure with the Bears, having made good on 86 percent (234-of-272)
of his field goal attempts and 319-of-321 point-after tries over that span. He
currently ranks sixth in NFL history in field-goal accuracy, despite playing
half his games in the challenging conditions of Soldier Field.
The Penn State product has gone 26-of-29 on field goal attempts this season
and hit a career-long 58-yarder that helped the Bears to a 24-21 win over
Cincinnati in Week 1.
Gould's best season came in 2006, when he set a franchise record with 26
consecutive field goals made and finished second in the NFL with 143 points
while earning First Team All-Pro honors for the NFC champion Bears.
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