Chicago Bears decided to replace their placekicker before the start of the season. On Sunday night, the team announced to release Robbie Gould. One day later, the team announced the signing of Connor Barth.
Gould is the Bears kicker scoring in the history, got a total of 1207 points. In addition, his shot hit rate also ranked the first in team history, reaching 85.4%. The reason why Gould was cut may due to two aspects: One is his injury problems, and the second reason is wages.
Gould absented six games because of injury last season, missed a shot and two additional points. Meanwhile, his annual salary is $3.75 million, ranking top five of the same position.
Barth, 30 years old, served for the New Orleans Saints during the offseason, leaving the team in the final layoffs. He played 12 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015 season, completed 23 times of 28 shots while missing one additional point. Although Bath’s leg strength is limited, but he’s very stable in the middle distance.