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Robbie Gould signs four-year extension with Bears

The Chicago Bears, on Friday, asked assembled members of the media to hang out for some extra time because "an announcement" was coming.

This being the social media age, speculation on Twitter started to run rampant. Could it be a new contract for Jay Cutler? How about Josh McCown? Perhaps someone like Charles Tillman was going to announce his retirement.

In the end, the Bears announced a four-year contract extension -- through 2017 -- for kicker Robbie Gould. Commence air being let out of a balloon.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Gould will earn $15 million over four years, with $9 million in guaranteed money. That's a record amount of guaranteed money for a kicker.

Gould hasn't made a Pro Bowl since 2006, but he's consistently among the league's better kickers. He is the most accurate kicker in Bears franchise history, and the third most accurate in NFL history at 86 percent, including 89.7 percent (26-of-29) this season.

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