Robbie Gould gets 4-year contract extension from Bears
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter December 27, 2013 1:22PM
Updated: December 27, 2013 4:12PM
Robbie Gould isn’t going anywhere.
On Friday, the Bears announced that Gould, one of the most accurate field goal kickers in NFL history, was signed to a four-year extension. It took just four days to reach a new deal with Gould’s agent, Brian Mackler, after initially calling the Bears on Monday.
This season Gould, 31, became the second player in team history to reach 1,000 career points. He now has 1,021 career points. With 119 points this year, Gould also has hit the 100-point mark in seven seasons, the most in team history. He has made 11 game-winning field goals in his career.
“This is a special day,” Gould said. “I want to thank [the Bears] for the opportunity. It does mean a lot that I can continue my career as a Bear and hopefully one day down the road I’ll retire as a Bear.
“Talking to a couple of the older veterans on the team that have been around for a while, I really love the organization. I really love the city. I love being a Chicago Bear. I enjoy putting the uniform on every Sunday or Monday night or Thursday night or whenever we’re playing. It means a lot. It means a lot to be in one jersey. It means a lot to continue your career in one jersey. There are not a lot of players in the National Football League that can say they finished their career all with one team or scored 1,000 points with one team. It’s just unheard of.”
Gould was one of many free agents for the Bears, and general manager Phil Emery said the Bears weren’t inclined to sign any of them before the season’s end because of their tight salary-cap situation.
But Emery said the team didn’t use “all the remaining emergency funds” for this season and soon became “very open the last couple weeks of internally discussing the possibility of signing at least one player if we could find somebody that would fit into that equation.”
That player turned out to be Gould, who was in the final year of a six-year, $15.5 million deal.
“You come to the point where you have to figure out, you’re going to get a deal done early,” Gould said. “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 a deal that was fair on both ends.”
And Gould signed with the understanding that his new deal would help retain others.
“We’ve got something special here,” Gould said. “You’ve got guys – Jay Cutler, Devin Hester, Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings, James Anderson – you’ve got guys that are up [for new contracts], that if the deal we’ve struck gives a little extra money to keep guys around, then I’m all for it.”