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Chicago Bears to release kicker Robbie Gould after 11 seasons

Gould had some struggles this preseason, and is released by the Bears while being the 6th most accurate kicker in NFL history.

Robbie Gould salutes the fans.
Robbie Gould salutes the fans.
Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Robbie Gould is no longer a Chicago Bear:

Gould was on the 2006 team that lost the Super Bowl to the Indianapolis Colts.

Gould signed with the Chicago Bears in 2005, and quickly became a reliable go-to for the Bears.  In his career, he made 276/323 field goals while handling kickoff duties and extra points.

A popular player, he earned the catchphrase "Good as Gould" for his often dependable ability to make the important kicks.

Gould has struggled this preseason, though, and has not been as great since he was injured in 2014.  This cut will save the Bears about $2.4M in salary cap, which could be helpful in signing offensive lineman Josh Sitton, who will be visiting with the Bears after his own surprising release. The Bears never had any competition for Gould in the preseason, so the timing suggest that they're making the move to prepare for something, and to get younger at a position.

Robbie Gould provided fans with a lot of memories for the last decade, and he'll surely be missed. Thanks for everything, Robbie!