Bears give K Robbie Gould 4-year contract extension through 2017

Robbie Gould gets a 4-year contract extension from the Bears. (USATSI)
Shortly after 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, Twitter was buzzing (can tweets buzz?) with news out of Chicago. Speculation ranged from Charles Tillman announcing his retirement to the Bears re-upping Jay Cutler, who is currently in the final year of his contract. And while one or both could still happen, that wasn't the news. It was this:

"This is an awesome opportunity," Gould said during a Friday press conference. ... "This is a special day for a lot of reasons. ... I thought it was important that I remain a Bear. If I'm going to hold a trophy up, I want to do it with the Chicago Bears."

Gould is one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, converting 86 percent of his attempts during his nine-year career, including 89.7 percent this season.

For an idea of just how good the former undrafted free agent out of Penn St. has been, consider this: He's never missed a field-goal attempt inside 30 yards (74 for 74), is 91 percent from 30-39 yards (78 for 86), and is converting at a 76.2 percent clip from beyond 50 yards (16 for 21). All while playing in the less-than-friendly environs of Soldier Field for eight games a year.

Originally signed by the Patriots in 2005, Gould played briefly with the Ravens before catching on with the Bears in Oct. 2005, where he's been ever since.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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