Robbie Gould was about to go to his son’s swim lesson in Chicago Thursday night when the Giants called and asked him to make a slight change in his plans – get on a plane and fly eight hours to London, and kick for his new team tomorrow, when it faces the Los Angeles Rams in Twickenham Stadium.
He replaces Josh Brown, who did not make the overseas trip at the team’s behest after documents were released in Washington State this week regarding Brown’s domestic violence arrest in May 2015. Randy Bullock kicked for the Giants in the season opener in Dallas because Brown was suspended for one game. Yesterday, The NFL placed Brown on the Commissioner Exempt list.
Gould was released on Sept. 4 by the Chicago Bears, for whom he played 11 seasons and established himself as the best kicker in franchise history.
Barth will sign a one-year deal with the Bears, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The 30-year-old Barth spent the preseason in New Orleans before being cut by the Saints over the weekend. In 12 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015, Barth went 23-of-28 on field goal attempts. He kicked five games for the Denver Broncos in 2014, under then-head coach John Fox.
The Bears are moving on from their longtime kicker.
Robbie Gould, who has been the Bears’ kicker since 2005, has been told he’s getting cut, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Gould, the Bears’ longest-tenured player, was scheduled to make $2.9 million this season.
The Bears have apparently decided to go with a cheaper kicker. It’s unclear at this point who that cheaper kicker will be. Owners may want to hang on to him for a bit as he seems likely to catch on with another team.
Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6:09pm
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Bears K Robbie Gould (right quadricep, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Bears K Robbie Gould (right quadricep, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Bears K Robbie Gould (right quadricep) missed practice again Thursday. Jay Feely may continue to kick for Chicago.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Bears K Robbie Gould (right quadricep) did not practice Wednesday. Jay Feely will probably continue to kick for Chicago.
WEEK 15 MNF INJURY REPORT
David Hawthorne (LB, hip), Akiem Hicks (DE, ankle), Keenan Lewis (CB, illness).
Junior Galette (LB, knee), Terron Armstead (T, neck).
Robbie Gould (K, right quad), Michael Ola (G, back), Jeremiah Ratliff (DT, knee).
Chris Conte (S, back).
Gould didn't practice Saturday. Jay Feely kicked for the team during last Thursday night's loss to Dallas.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Bears K Robbie Gould (right quadricep) missed practice again Friday.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Bears K Robbie Gould (right quadricep) missed practice Thursday.
Alshon Jeffery is active as expected. Since the team's Week 9 bye, the Bears have targeted Jeffery 46 times in four games, and he has responded with 29 catches for 291 yards and four touchdowns in that span (#10 WR numbers). Re-injury is the only concern this week. Jay Feely will handle the kicking duties with Gould out.
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