Bears fans can forget about Robbie Gould coming back to Chicago to kick. The only way that will happen this year is if the 49ers play the Bears in a playoff game at Soldier Field.
Gould has signed a two-year contract to remain with the San Francisco 49ers. He’ll reportedly be guaranteed $10.5 million dollars. He becomes the second highest paid kicker in the NFL behind Justin Tucker of the Ravens.
The last two seasons Gould has made 72 of 75 field goal attempts for the 49ers. He led the NFL in field goal accuracy.
Gould was hoping to return to Chicago where his wife and family still live year round. Earlier this year the 49ers put the franchise tag on him making it next to impossible for him to leave via free agency. In April he requested a trade, but the 49ers weren’t ready to part with their kicker.
Gould is 36 years old.
The Bears will report to training camp next week with two kickers currently on their roster Eddy Pineiro and Redford Jones. Neither one has attempted a field goal in an NFL regular season game.