Former Chicago Bears kicker Kevin Butler has some advice for Robbie Gould, who has ended long-term contract negotiations with the San Francisco 49ers, has not signed his franchise tag tender and has requested to be traded.
Former Bears great Kevin Butler has some advice for Robbie Gould….and it might surprise you. https://t.co/hauEpgWPvH
— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) May 1, 2019
His message, don’t be so quick to return to Chicago.
“I’ve always said it to Robbie, be careful what you wish for sometimes, because it’s not easy to kick in Chicago,” Butler said on ESPN 1000’s Waddle and Silvy Show on Tuesday. “It’s certainly not easy to kick in San Francisco, but he’s found a situation out there where he’s been as good as there is. Can you duplicate that by coming back to Chicago? I don’t know. … It’s a scary thing to mess with your legacy.”
Over 11 seasons in Chicago, Gould converted 276 of 323 field goal attempts (85.4 percent), 379 of 383 extra points (98.9 percent) and was named first-team All-Pro when the Bears reached the Super Bowl in 2006.
“The bottom line is, I’m unsure if I want to play there anymore,” the 36-year-old Gould told ESPN last week. “At this point, I have to do what’s best for me and my family back home.”
Gould has not signed his franchise tag tender for $4.971 million, and he informed the 49ers he will not report before the regular-season opener on Sept. 8.
But Gould’s production dipped in 2015, and the Bears released him in late summer 2016.
“The obvious question is why don’t the Bears try and bring Robbie back,” Butler said. “Well, Robbie had tremendous success, better than any kicker in Chicago, and he’s gone on and done it even better after he left the Bears. If you’re looking for the rah-rah, team-team thing, remember, they’ll cut your ass just as quick as anything in the NFL.
“It’s not like you’re going to get back there in Chicago and you’ll be hugging all these guys. … You still have to perform. He’s performing at a level that he’s never done before. It’s broke in Chicago and they need to fix it. Robbie is certainly not broke in San Francisco.”
Chicago guaranteed $9 million to kicker Cody Parker, who the Bears cut after one disappointing season that culminated with the infamous “double doink” 43-yard missed field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles that cost the Bears a playoff victory.
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