Robbie Gould’s four-year extension with Bears worth $17.9 million
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter January 4, 2014 12:46AM
Chicago Bears' Robbie Gould watches his field goal kick during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
The Bears kicked off their free-agent signings by reaching a four-year extension with kicker Robbie Gould. And Gould, one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, described it as “probably the easiest negotiation I’ve ever been a part of.”
“You come to the point where you have to figure out [if] you’re going to get a deal done early,” Gould said last week. “I think we both reached the deal under the understanding it’s going to be beneficial for both ends. You’re not going to take a deal that’s not fair. I think the Bears did a great job of making sure that happened. We agreed to a deal that was fair on both ends.”
According to a source, here’s some of the details of Gould’s four-year extension:
◆ Gould’s new deal is worth $17,930,425 with $8.85 million guaranteed. His four-year extension (2014-2017) is worth 10.8 million in base salary. It also includes $1 million in roster bonuses and $200,000 in workout bonuses.
◆ Gould’s deal includes a $3 million signing bonus that’s prorated over the length of the deal and started in 2013 season (which increased his cap hit this past season) .
◆ Gould’s cap hits moving forward are: $2.6 million in 2014, $3.6 million in 2015, $4.1 million in 2016 and $4.1 million in 2017.
Keeping Gould made a ton of sense for the Bears. It would be more than problematic replacing his overall value. He’s the best kicker in team history and a fan favorite who is very active in the community.
Plus, Chicago is where Gould wants to finish his career.
“It’s pretty special, great city [and] obviously a lot of that weighed into the decision of reaching out to the Bears to see if we could stay here,” Gould said. “Obviously I love it here. My wife and I love it. It’s a great city to raise your child in, whether you’re playing sports or are a non-sports tourist who just wants to come here and hang out. There’s so much to do.
“At the end of the day, I couldn’t see myself playing in another jersey. I’d just look funny in another color I think.”