Bears Gould Gets New Contract

LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears have signed K Robbie Gould to a four-year contract extension. Gould is completing his ninth year with the team and the extension will keep him in a Bears uniform through the 2017 season.

Hitting 86 percent (234-of-272) of his field goal attempts over his nine-year career, Gould is the most accurate kicker in Bears history and ranks third all-time in NFL annals.  He currently is on pace to tie his own mark for the best single-season field goal percentage in team history connecting on 89.7 percent of his kicks this year (26-29). Gould established that mark in 2008 and currently owns the top seven single-season field goal percentages in franchise annals.

Between 2005 and 2006 he also set a team-record with 26 straight field goals made.  He has been a model of consistency and excellence connecting on at least 20 field goals in all nine of his seasons, 25 in six of them and a team record 32 in 2006 when he was elected to the Pro Bowl.

Gould’s accuracy beyond 50-yards has made him one of the NFL’s elite.  He shares the NFL record with 12 consecutive kicks of 50 or more yards made.  For his career he has hit 16 of 21 field goals (76.2%) from 50-yards or further, including makes on 13 of his last 14 and a team record 58-yard field goal in Week 1 this season versus Cincinnati.

Gould has been at his best with the game on the line.  He has 11 game-winning kicks including a 38-yarder this year to defeat Baltimore in Week 11.  Nine of the victorious boots have come at Soldier Field, one of the more challenging stadiums for NFL kickers to navigate, including a 49-yarder in the NFC Divisional Playoff versus Seattle during the Bears Super Bowl XLI run.

The Penn State product currently sits second on the Bears all-time scoring list with 1,021 points, and is on track to pass Kevin Butler’s 1,116 points in 2014.  Gould has 119 points through 15 games in 2013 and now has seven seasons where he has totaled more than 100 points for the Bears, the most in franchise history.

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