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December 27, 2013

Bears agree to 4-year extension with kicker Gould

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Robbie Gould saw no reason to shop around.

The Chicago Bears announced a four-year extension with Gould on Friday, locking in one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history through the 2017 season.

A person familiar with the situation said the deal is worth $15 million and includes more than $9 million in guaranteed money. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because financial terms were not announced. ESPN first reported the terms.

"At the end of the day I couldn't see myself playing in another jersey," Gould said. "I'd just look funny in another color I think."

Gould has converted 86 percent of his attempts in nine seasons and ranks as the third most accurate kicker in NFL history behind Mike Vanderjagt (86.5 percent) and Nate Kaeding (86.2 percent). He has hit 26 of 29 field goals this season, including a franchise record 58-yarder against Cincinnati in the opener.

He has 11 game-winning field goals in his career. With 1,021 points, Gould is closing in on Kevin Butler's team record (1,116)

"I thought it was important that I remain a Bear," Gould said. "I think it means a lot for my career. I think it means a lot to be able to do some things down the road individually but also I think if I'm going to hold a trophy up, I want to hold it up with the Chicago Bears."

The deal comes as the NFC North-leading Bears prepare for an all-or-nothing finale against the rival Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on Sunday. The winner captures the division title and advances to the playoffs. A tie would also do the job for the Bears (8-7).

Gould was one of many Chicago players with expiring contracts, including quarterback Jay Cutler, return specialist Devin Hester and cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings.

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