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Bears release Gould after 11 seasons

Posted Sep 4, 2016

The Bears have parted ways with their all-time leading scorer, releasing veteran kicker Robbie Gould Sunday night after he appeared in 166 games over 11 seasons.

The Bears have parted ways with their all-time leading scorer, releasing veteran kicker Robbie Gould Sunday night after he appeared in 166 games over 11 seasons.

Gould exits with a franchise-high 1,207 points and also holds Bears records for field goals made (276), field goals made from 50 yards and beyond (23) and longest field goal (58 yards in 2013).

Robbie Gould exits with a franchise-high 1,207 points.

Gould signed with the Bears early in the 2005 season and has played his entire 11-year NFL career in Chicago. He was the lone remaining member of the 2006 team that reached Super Bowl XLI. Gould's 49-yard field goal in overtime gave the Bears a 27-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional playoffs, sending them to the NFC title game.

In 2006, Gould became the first Bears kicker to be selected to the Pro Bowl after leading all kickers with 143 points, one point shy of Kevin Butler's team record set in 1985.

With Gould's departure, quarterback Jay Cutler becomes the longest tenured Bear and the last player acquired by former general manager Jerry Angelo.

Gould is the most accurate kicker in Bears history and the ninth most accurate in NFL history, having made 85.4 percent of his field goals (276 of 323).

Last season Gould converted 33 of 39 field-goal attempts. He made his first 18 tries, missed six of 15 during a midseason slump and then converted his final seven of the season. His 33 field goals were the most in Bears history and tied for second most in the NFL in 2015.

Gould's 49-yard field goal with :02 left gave the Bears a 22-20 win over the Oakland Raiders Oct. 4 at Soldier Field. It was their only home victory of the season.

In December, Gould missed a 36-yard attempt on the final play of regulation that would have given the Bears a 23-20 win over the 49ers in an eventual 26-20 overtime loss. A week later he missed a 50-yard try with 1:40 to play in a 24-21 loss to the Redskins.