Dec 2, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould (9) celebrates kicking a field goal to tie the game against the Seattle Seahawks at the end of regulation time at Soldier Field. The Seahawks beat the Bears 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Robbie Gould: Bears would be smart to extend core players


The Chicago Bears have been making the tough decisions lately, that included parting ways with linebacker Brian Urlacher who retired. They also haven’t extended contracts to some important core players. In an interview Wednesday night on ESPN 1000, kicker Robbie Gould talked about the team and it’s contract situation with players.

“If they were smart they would try to get their core group of players and re-sign them before the end of the year and try to make it work, but a lot of us are sitting in a great position,” Gould said, via ESPN.com. “You might see a lot of guys exit the Bears, [so] this year has to be pretty special, because if it doesn’t go as well as planned I can see them completely rebuilding. Or they might find a couple guys they think is their core group and get rid of some of the other higher-paid guys.”

It is an issue that Gould finds himself in the middle of, after making $2.925 million this season his contract will expire. Another hot topic has been Jay Cutler’s contract, if the Bears wait, the price could go up if he hits free agency.

“At the end of the day if you have all these guys [unsigned], they have to take care of No. 1,” Gould said.

But Gould is sure that he’ll be the most sought after kicker on the market next offseason and that he has all the leverage in future negotiations.

“I’m not too worried about it if they will re-sign me or not because I have all the leverage,” he said. “If they don’t want to re-sign me now it’s going to cost them double at the end of the year.”

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