BOURBONNAIS – In a Wednesday night radio interview, kicker Robbie Gould voiced his unhappiness with the policy laid out by GM Phil Emery that the Bears would not be doing contract extensions during this season.
Thursday he wanted to clarify two things:
First, “I didn’t disagree with anything that Phil Emery said,” Gould said. “He’s not going to give anyone a deal. There is no money. Until they can get the [2014 salary cap] number where they can find a way in 2014 to keep a lot of guys, that is what they’re going to do.
“It’s not rocket science, you know. I mean, no one is going to get a deal.”
And second, Gould would like to finish his career where it really started: in Chicago.
“I want to be a Bear the rest of my life,” said Gould, who got his big break in 2005 when he was signed off the street in week five after veteran Doug Brien struggled on field goals. “There are records that I want to break. There are championships I want to win and hopefully that is in a Bears jersey.
“If it’s not, it’s not in my hands and I can’t worry about it. So, at the end of the day, I am here to win football games, I am here to win championships, I am here to do my job. I’ve busted my butt to get there and I am ready to go. I’ve got a chip on my shoulder and when I play games and I go into seasons with that chip on my shoulder – and you can talk to any one of my teammates – I play really well when I have that."
[RELATED: Emery playing dangerous but sensible $$ game]
Every veteran would like the security and guaranteed money that typically comes with new contracts and extensions. But the Bears have only about $1.6 million of available salary cap, usually the amount teams like to keep in reserve for in-season emergency roster needs.
Last offseason it was running back Matt Forte concluding a deal under the signing deadline for the franchise tag. The four-year extension maxes out at $32 million but, more important, came with $17 million in guarantees.
Gould acknowledged the added motivation that comes with being in a contract year and others shared the sentiment. Emery putting every contract on hold left no room for distractions over dollars, who was being talked to and who wasn’t, and other off-field concerns.
“I don’t know, maybe it just gives more sense of urgency to know that, ‘I only have a year on this deal, I’ve got to step it up and make sure I play well so that I can get re-signed’ or whatever,” Forte said. “I think by [Emery] saying that means they don’t have to worry about that during the season. They can just focus on playing football.”