AP Source: Bears plan to release longtime kicker Gould
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) A person familiar with the situation said the Chicago Bears plan to release kicker Robbie Gould, ending an 11-year run with the most accurate kicker in franchise history, a person familiar with the situation said.
The person spoke Sunday night on the condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced. ESPN first reported the news.
Gould had quite a run with the Bears, becoming their most accurate kicker ever at 85.4 percent and career scoring leader with 1,207 points.
Gould had a rough stretch last season after making his first 15 field-goal attempts, though he wound up converting 84.6 percent. He made 5 of 6 field goals in the preseason but missed two extra points in the final exhibition against Cleveland. And with two years remaining on his contract, the Bears are parting ways.
An undrafted player out of Penn State in 2015, Gould signed with Chicago early that year after being released by New England and Baltimore and rose to stardom. He helped the 2006 team reach the Super Bowl and was the only player remaining from that squad.
The Bears also signed tight end Logan Paulsen and claimed center Eric Kush and cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc off waivers on Sunday.
Offensive lineman Cornelius Edison, defensive back Demontre Hurst and tight end Khari Lee were waived to make room on the roster.
Paulsen played in 75 games for Washington over five seasons, finishing with 79 receptions for 801 yards and six touchdowns. But he missed last year with an injury and was released on Saturday.
Kush also was cut Saturday after appearing in seven games with the Rams last season. LeBlanc, an undrafted rookie out of Florida Atlantic, played 141 snaps and had an interception for New England during the preseason, but was released by the Patriots over the weekend.
The Bears signed six players to their practice squad, including former Harvard tight end Ben Braunecker and wide receiver Daniel Braverman, a seventh-round pick in this year's draft out of Western Michigan.
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