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Bears cut Robbie Gould

Robbie Gould

Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould (9) runs of the field after making the winning 41-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the Carolina Panthers 23-22 in an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


The Bears are moving on from their longtime kicker.

Robbie Gould, who has been the Bears’ kicker since 2005, has been told he’s getting cut, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Gould, the Bears’ longest-tenured player and only player remaining from their last Super Bowl appearance, was scheduled to make $2.9 million this season, and the Bears have apparently decided to go with a cheaper kicker. It’s unclear at this point who that cheaper kicker will be.

Last year the 34-year-old Gould made 33 of 39 field goals, with a long of 55 yards, and 28 of 29 extra points. He managed touchbacks on 60.7 percent of his kickoffs. It’s likely he’ll catch on somewhere else and kick in the NFL this season, just not in Chicago.