Robbie Gould has been a staple with the Bears for more than a decade.
But Chicago has released the former Penn State kicker, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday. It will likely sign a kicker cheaper than Gould, who would have made $2.9 million this season.
Bears have informed Pro Bowl kicker Robbie Gould that he is being released, league source tells ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 5, 2016
Gould, a Jersey Shore, Pa., native, missed two extra points in the Bears final preseason game. He’s been a model of consistency for years and after struggling in 2014, rebounded to hit 33 of 39 tries in 2015.
Gould hit just 64 percent of his field goals in four years at Penn State (2001-2004), but he blossomed into one of the NFL’s best kickers ever. He’s ninth all-time in field-goal percentage.