Robbie Gould to Giants: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 01:  Robbie Gould #9 of the Chicago Bears kicks a 55 yard field goal out of the hold of Pat O'Donnell #16 against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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After 11 years with the Chicago Bears, kicker Robbie Gould is getting a new start with the New York Giants, the team announced on Saturday (via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post).

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Thursday, Gould was flying to London to join the Giants for their Week 7 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. Albert Breer of The MMQB confirmed Rapoport's report.

ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen shared the details of the contract:

Gould gives the Giants a quick alternative to Josh Brown, whom the team announced is staying in the United States after he admitted to abusing his wife, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Gould is coming off an up-and-down year in which he made 84.6 percent of his field-goal attempts while going 28-of-29 on extra points for the Bears. He also set a career high with seven made field goals from beyond 50 yards.

Only Blair Walsh had more made field goals (34) than Gould's 33 in 2015.

Unfortunately, his misses seemed to come at inopportune times. He missed two field-goal tries in an overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He also missed in three-point losses to the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins.

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After he struggled in the preseason with a missed field goal and two missed extra points, the Bears released the 34-year-old and replaced him with Connor Barth. Barth had spent most of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but was with the New Orleans Saints before being released.

Despite the recent question marks, Gould is still Chicago's all-time leading scorer with 1,207 points. His 85.449 field-goal percentage coming into 2016 was the ninth-best in NFL history and sixth-best among active players.

The addition gives the Giants a veteran who has proved himself in big moments and can be trusted throughout the season if they release Brown.

For Gould, the signing provides a chance to show he can still be an elite kicker.