LAKE FOREST — The Bears re-signed kicker Robbie Gould to a four-year deal, GM Phil Emery announced Friday.
Gould contract was expiring and will now be with the Bears through 2017.
Emery stated in training camp that there would be no contract extensions during the season because of the Bears’ salary cap situation, but they had some space left this week, and Gould’s agent Brian Mackler contacted Emery on Monday to start negotiations. The contract was signed on Friday.
"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," Gould said. "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.
"So I think in the end we reached a deal that was very beneficial for both of us and I think it makes a lot of sense for us together and collectively because I think we have an opportunity here to do something down the road that could be very special."
Gould was one of many Bears veterans in the final year of his contract, and the first to get an extension.
"It’s pretty special to be able to sit up here and talk to everybody about continuing your career as a Bear and I know there are a lot of guys who might not be able to do that this season and it’s unfortunate because we have a lot of great guys in the locker room and I’m just happy that we were able to get something done and I’m excited to remain a Bear," he said.
According to multiple reports, Gould signed the richest contract for a kicker in NFL history. The four-year deal is worth $15 million with over $9 million in guaranteed money.
The most accurate kicker in Bears history, Gould has converted 234-of-272 field goals in his career. His rate of 86 percent is third-best in NFL history.
This season, Gould has made 26-of-29 field goals. He has missed two extra points in 321 attempts in his nine years with the Bears. Emery added that Gould is 90 percent in his career kicking field goals when the Bears are trailing.
"Just can't say enough about Robbie as a person," Emery said. "He speaks of what we want as a Chicago Bear. Excellence on the field. Excellence off the field."