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One Bear seeking new contract comes out of hibernation

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One Bear angling for a new contract has made his way back to Halas Hall.

No, the star middle linebacker isn’t back in the building.

Kicker Robbie Gould has been participating in the voluntary offseason workout program this week after taking the first month off. Gould is entering the final season of his four-year contract that has been a bargain for the club. He was signed off the street in Week 5 of 2005 when Doug Brien’s back acted up. There was no signing bonus, no fancy language in the deal. And he was ecstatic to trade a construction helmet for a football helmet.

I remember Gould coming off the practice field the day he had his tryout. He was headed upstairs in Halas Hall, probably to sign his contract, and he was so nervous he wouldn’t even share his name with two reporters wondering who the new kicker in town was.

Now, Gould’s represented the Bears at the Pro Bowl once, and was an alternate last season. He’s the club’s all-time leader in field-goal accuracy. And he wants to be paid. By showing up with a little more than a month remaining in workouts, he shows some goodwill. No one has said so, but it could be a deal is coming in the near future. The Bears would take anything at this point to stem the tide of negative publicity they’ve had lately. From an upset linebacker to a linebacker headed to court, and from an arrested running back to a released safety, it’s been one hit after another.

The Bears have been in talks with Gould’s agent Brian Mackler since last season. He’s got big ambitions, and you can’t blame him. The Bears believe in getting a break when they give a player a contract early, even if it’s just one year premature. The club can dangle the franchise tag over Gould’s head in negotiations. But until defensive tackle Tommie Harris comes to agreement, who do you think would receive the more prohibitive franchise tag come next February? There’s no doubt it would be Harris. But general manager Jerry Angelo could still slap the transition tag on Gould.

What’s the price range? Josh Brown received the largest contract given to a kicker this spring when the Rams signed him to a $14.2 million, five-year deal with a $4 million signing bonus to come over from division rival Seattle in free agency. Adam Vinatieri picked up $3.5 million to sign with Indianapolis in a $12 million, five-year contract. Buffalo gave Rian Lindell $2.75 million up front on a $9 million, five-year deal. There’s a range to consider.

Stay tuned to see if something shakes out.

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What I don't understand is when the players want more money, they go and miss the training programs and forfeit tens of thousands. ????? Makes no sense to me.

I have my own thoughts on who is most importan to this team and Gould has to be one of the 5 Bears that some would like to see retire as a Bear.

Urlacher
Hester
Kreutz
Tillman
Gould

Im not saying that I wouldnt want to see more Bears start and end their careers with the Bears. These guys have both talent and class. Kreutz you can say is an open person. Has his opinions.
I as a fan have alot of respect for that dude. He has done nothing but show up and Play with his all. A lunch pale kinda guy.

I can only dream that at least 2 of the O-Linemen the Bears had drafted or either sign to a undrafted free agent contract has the same mantality of Kreutz.

Did I just waffel on this subject??? :)

With the scene of the price range of a whopping 14 mil at the most in the 5 year span for the talent that he is, there is absolutely no reason as to why the Bears can't sign Gould. He is a great asset and should be kept in the long run. They just released Archuletta in which led them to save more loot. But only time will tell with this organization.

Tillman? He isn't even the best corner on the team...

In regards to Gould, he is one of the most accurate kickers in recent years and needs to be compensated.

Gould has done a great job but, I hope he doesn't overplay his hand, kickers are expendable.

Hey Ish, Tillman is by far the best CB on the Bears and it's not even close. He plays the run well and covers the big WRs and who was it that blocked 2 Giants players on Hesters 108 yard return...that's right...Tillman, he also forces fumbles and Lovie says he's the best ball stripper he's ever seen., case closed....I like Vasher but he only covers. Making INTs isn't the only measure of a good CB.

Actually Vasher plays the run very well also if you watch the tape. I like Tillman a lot; you could argue T. Harris is as valuable or more.

Sorry Scott,

I'd rather have Vasher than Tillman . . . his presence changes the defense. I'm glad we have them both, but Vasher is the better overall player.

That said, Tommie Harris, if healthy, is a better player than anyone else on our team (save maybe Hester) and probably better than anyone on any other team as well.

Finally, Marlon . . . think kickers are expendable? Do you remember what is was like here before Robbie Gould? I say pay this kid - he's well worth it!

Vasher is a great player and one of the smarter players on the team. That said Tillman is overall a better corner.

I don't think signing Robbie Gould will be as hard as the others, because Gould has been on the other side, ie he has been a regular 40hr a week guy. Now I ain't saying that Gould is gullible, the Bears are going to have to pay Gould, I just don't see it being as big of a problem as dealing with Urlacher,Harris, and Hester is going to be. I'll say one thing, Harris and Urlacher would be my top priority if I were Angelo, oh well hopefully the Bears get em all signed GO BEARS!!

We can easily compare gould to other kickers in many ways both positive and negative, but the fact is is that he is right for us and the Bears organization will hopefully do the smart thing and resign the man. We have enough money for Gould, maybe not for Harris and Hester as well, but you can certainly slap the franchise tag on one of them (most likely Harris). We should also put more focus on Hester. So the bottom line here is that we should sign Gould and Hester before the start of the 08' season, for not only the potential future success of the team, but as mentioned by reporters also for rebounding from "Bensongate".

JPCZ...if you think Vasher is better than Tillman, you have NO football inteeligence...period

I was going to leave the Tillman thing alone, but I just cant help myself.

Thank you Scott.

JPCZ, I didn't say Gould shouldn't get paid, I said he shouldn't overplay his hand. And Tillman is a much better all around CB than Vasher.

Scott, Marlon and Brando,

You gentlemen may want to try watching a little more closely. Sometimes Tillman has incredibly tight coverage, and other times he has lapses. In fact, his first three years he was only really known for interference/holding penalties and one AWESOME play against Randy Moss in the end zone. Since then he has become a more consistent player.

On the other side, Vasher has been more consistent in coverage. He simply does not get burned as much. Peanut may be better in run support and may fit as a safety, but Vasher possesses the shutdown skills Tillman does not. He simply is the better CORNERBACK!

Scott, Marlon and Brando,

You gentlemen may want to try watching a little more closely. Sometimes Tillman has incredibly tight coverage, and other times he has lapses. In fact, his first three years he was only really known for interference/holding penalties and one AWESOME play against Randy Moss in the end zone. Since then he has become a more consistent player.

On the other side, Vasher has been more consistent in coverage. He simply does not get burned as much. The overall stats may be misleading as teams simply may not throw as much at Vasher. Yes, Peanut may be better in run support and may fit as a safety, but Vasher possesses the shutdown skills Tillman does not. Don't get me wrong, they are both good players, but Vasher is simply is the better CORNERBACK!

Scott,

You mention Tillman's blocking skills? My bad, that's what guys at the CB position get paid millions to do . . . block for the return man on missed FG attempts. Where is YOUR football intelligence?

Marlon,

In addition to saying Gould has done a great job, and should not overplay his hand, you actually said kickers are expendable. This is true of some kickers, as with all players, but not with Gould.

Hey at least one other guy on here actually watches the games . . . kudos to you Smitty!

LOL, somehow a report on Gould turns into a Vasher-Tillman debate. Well, I love both our corners, but if I'd have to choose, I would say Vasher is the better corner. And I think the Bears coaching staff would agree since they have him as the #1 guy. He's fast and ferocious, Vasher. And when he came back on Monday Night vs. the Vikings, we could instantly see how sorely missed he had been all season.

That being said. Tillman is very physical and he has a knack for making fumbles. His blocked punts on STs also speaks of his worth.

Whatever your opinions may be on them, let's just agree that the Bears are fortunate to have them both.

Bravo Mike . . . your football IQ must be through the ROOF!!!!!!!!!!

I kinda missed this. Vasher in the #1 slot???? For the last 3 years I tend to remember that Tillman faces the #1 WR.

Was I dreaming with my Metcalf pillow hugged up to my chest?

why are we fighting about Tillman or Vasher being better we have both we should be happy about that and leave it at that
they are both amazing players

Gould is signed through 2013!

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