The Chicago Bears have a ton of offseason moves to make this summer, but Bears general manager Phil Emery checked one key free agent off of the list on Friday. While Robbie Gould doesn’t exactly jump off the page, the Bears’ longtime kicker is a total difference-maker and has earned his keep as a Bear. Now, Gould is almost assured to spend his entire NFL career in the Windy City.
Although the numbers haven’t been made public just yet, rumor has it that Chicago gave Gould a four-year contract that will make him the richest kicker in NFL history. And of course the Gould news isn’t sitting too well with the Bears fans that want to see Jay Cutler extended. However, those morons can take a step back because re-signing the third-most accurate kicker in the history of the NFL has nothing to do with the fate of Cutler.
First and foremost: Gould is a necessity, who is a deciding factor in more games then you’d think. Secondly, do you really think Gould’s contract is going to keep Chicago from re-signing a possible $80 million deal? No. In fact, Emery probably already has his mind set on whether or not Cutler has earned a Tony Romo-like extension. With all of that being said, it’s just a matter of time before the Bears make a major decision with No. 6.