The Tribune’s Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions in his weekly mailbag.
What do you think are the chances the Bears will sign Robbie Gould? It seems like whatever chance Cody Parkey had of coming back was torpedoed by his appearance on the “Today” show. Even if they consider Gould, I assume there will be competition. — Jerry L., Chicago
For the Bears to even consider bringing Gould back three years after cutting him loose, he will have to reach the open market. He’s coming out of contract, but the 49ers have plenty of salary-cap space, in the neighborhood of $50 million, and given the way Gould has performed for them, they will no doubt be motivated to keep him. Just as fixing the position is a priority for the Bears, keeping Gould is likely a priority for San Francisco. If the Bears land a proven kicker, a guy they pay a lot of money to after fully guaranteeing Parkey $9 million last March, they’re not going to make him compete.
As far as Parkey goes, the intense focus on his national television appearance last week obscures the real issue. I think people want Parkey to feel much worse than they do and are upset about how he has expressed his personal disappointment. If you’re zeroed in on the 18 feet, 6 inches that separate the goal posts in the NFL, the only thing that’s relevant here is Parkey’s struggle to make kicks this season. And that extends beyond the 43-yard field-goal attempt that was tipped at the line of scrimmage and then ricocheted off the upright and crossbar, costing the Bears in a 16-15 playoff loss to the Eagles at Soldier Field. He missed 11 kicks over the course of the season and only two kickers had a worse percentage on field goals. He was unreliable inside 40 yards, and those kicks need to be almost automatic.
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