Bears sign kicker Gould to five-year extension

LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears signed kicker Robbie Gould to a five-year contract extension today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gould's new contract runs through the 2013 season.

Gould is the Bears all-time field goal percentage leader among kickers with at least 50 attempts, connecting on 84.8 percent of his kicks (84 of 99). He has also been successful on 99 of 100 PATs for 351 career points.

In 2007 Gould hit 31 of 36 field goal attempts (86.1 percent), adding 33 PATs for 126 points. A year earlier, Gould reached the Pro Bowl and was named a first-team All Pro for Chicago after finishing second overall in the NFL in scoring and first among kickers with 143 points, converting 32 of 36 (88.9 percent) field goal attempts and all 47 PATs.

For his career, Gould has fought through the harsh conditions of Soldier Field to connect on 39 of his 45 attempts (86.7 percent), highest accuracy all-time among NFL kickers with at least 20 attempts at the stadium.

Gould has hit five game-winning field goals in his NFL career including a 49-yard field goal in overtime of the 2006 NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Seattle on 1/14/07.

Entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State by New England in 2005, Gould also spent time with Baltimore before joining the Bears in October of that same year. Gould is one of just six NFL kickers all-time (seven occurrences) with back-to-back seasons of 125 points or more. He is also the ninth kicker all-time (accomplished 10 times) with back-to-back seasons of 30 or more field goals made.

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