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Bears agree to 4-year extension with K Gould

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By ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract extension with kicker Robbie Gould through the 2017 season, the team said Friday.

A person familiar with the situation said the deal is worth $15 million and includes more than $9 million in guaranteed money. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because financial terms were not announced. ESPN first reported the terms.

Gould has converted 86 percent of his attempts in nine seasons and ranks as the third most accurate kicker in NFL history behind Mike Vanderjagt (86.5 percent) and Nate Kaeding (86.2 percent). He has hit 26 of 29 field goals this season, including a franchise record 58-yarder against Cincinnati in the opener.

He has 11 game-winning field goals in his career, and with 1,021 points, Gould is closing in on Kevin Butler's team record (1,116).

"I thought it was important that I remain a Bear," Gould said. "I think it means a lot for my career. I think it means a lot to be able to do some things down the road individually but also I think . if I'm going to hold a trophy up, I want to hold it up with the Chicago Bears."

The deal comes as the NFC North-leading Bears prepare for an all-or-nothing finale against the rival Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on Sunday.

The winner captures the division title and advances to the playoffs. A tie would also do the job for the Bears (8-7).

Gould was one of many Chicago players with expiring contracts, including quarterback Jay Cutler, return specialist Devin Hester and cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, and he said the deal was "beneficial for both ends."

"You've got guys that are up that if the deal we've struck gives a little extra money to keep guys around, then I'm all for it," he said. "At the end of the day, all I want to do is win a championship. Hopefully we can start by doing it this weekend."

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