By Keith Grieve. The Chicago Bears made waves Sunday by releasing eleven-year veteran kicker Robbie Gould. The Penn State product was a model of consistency for many years, but showed signs of waning last year and this preseason.
The total season showed an 84.6% success rate, which is right on par with his 85.4% career effectiveness. However, there was an awful 2-for-5 stretch that coincided with losses to the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins.
Missing two PAT’s in the preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns hurt matters.
Gould ends his Bears tenure as the ninth most accurate kicker in NFL history.
According the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs, the Bears are expected to sign Connor Barth who was cut from the New Orleans Saints. Over his seven year career, Barth has posted similar numbers to Gould. He immediately becomes a fantasy football option for those that drafted Gould with a late round pick.
Robbie Gould was the last rostered Bears player to have played with the Super Bowl contenders back in the 2006 season when the Bears lost Super Bowl XLI to the Peyton Manning led Colts. Gould should be picked up by a kicker needy team in the near future as the talent is still there despite the recent shortcomings.