The Chicago Bears have signed kicker Robbie Gould to a four-year contract extension, as announced by GM Phil Emery this afternoon.
“We entered into this season with very little cap room after the offseason that we had and signings that we had through pro free agency,” Emery said. “That little space that we did have, we had to hold back for emergency funds in case we were to have injuries throughout the year.
"Obviously, we had to use some of that space for the number of players that we put on IR. As we worked through the year, as we got closer to the end of the season, we realized that we were going to have some leftover space on our cap. We were 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. We were not aggressive in terms of our pursuit of those players.”
Emery said Gould’s agent, Brian Mackler, approached the team just four days ago, on Monday of this week, to see where his client was in regard to his future with the team.
“We kind of talked it through and talked through where we were at, and we were able to come to the conclusion that worked very well for Robbie and worked very well for the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Bear fans,” said Emery. “So today, just shortly, a few minutes ago, we signed a four-year extension for Robbie to remain our placekicker now and into the future.”
Gould, who is the most accurate kicker in Bears history and the third most accurate kicker in NFL history, said he’s happy he’ll be staying in Chicago through the 2017 season.
“When you get into what I consider the last part of your deal and you become a little bit of an older veteran you kind of realize maybe what’s more important when you have to sit around and think about where you want to be, places to go, so we reached out to the organization and Phil,” Gould said. “I thought it was important that I remain a Bear. I think it means a lot for my career. I think it means a lot to be able to do some things down the road individually but also I think …If I’m going to hold a trophy up, I want to hold it up with the Chicago Bears.
“This is a special day. I want to thank them for the opportunity. It does a 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.”
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