Robbie Gould is talking like a kicker who’s planning on testing the free agent market.
All offseason, he’s dropped hints about the Bears, and many fans are ready to roll out the red carpet to bring him back to Chicago.
Gould was a guest on 670 The Score this weekend, and he explained what he’s looking for with his next contract.
On @670TheScore, Robbie Gould said he's seeking in free agency the best fit for his family, at least three years on his deal and a winning team. The Bears' all-time leading scorer has hit 82 of his last 85 kicks.
On @670TheScore, Robbie Gould said he's seeking in free agency the best fit for his family, at least three years on his deal and a winning team. The Bears' all-time leading scorer has hit 82 of his last 85 kicks.— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) February 17, 2019
The Bears checked the box for “winning” team this past season with more victories than Gould has seen in a long time.
Chicago would also seem to be the best fit for his family, considering he still lives there with his wife and kids.
The only real question mark in this equation is whether his financial needs line up with Ryan Pace’s salary cap situation.
Cody Parkey’s salary is fully guaranteed for the 2019 season, so if the Bears cut him and sign Gould, they would have a lot of money on the books at the kicker position.
Chicago doesn’t have a lot of cap space to work with this offseason, and they still have some key pending free agents that could leave other big positions to fill.
Gould might be available, but a reunion with the Bears is far from a sure thing.