Chicago Bears: 4 bold moves the Bears should make this offseason

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Chicago Bears, Robbie Gould
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1. The Bears need to sign Robbie Gould

Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way first. Everyone in the Windy City wants to see Robbie Gould in a Bears jersey next season. After the way the Bears have been handling the kicker position this offseason, seeing Gould back with the Bears next season isn’t hard to envision.

While the Bears cannot afford to move on from Cody Parkey this offseason, they will need to do so if they want to make a deep playoff run next season. In fact, one could argue that Parkey’s biggest miss of the season wasn’t against the Eagles at home in the playoffs. It was actually back in week six against the Miami Dolphins.

Given how the rest of the season played out, had Parkey made that field goal in overtime against the Dolphins, the Bears would have been the second seed in the NFC and have a bye week in the playoffs.

Signing Gould needs to be on the Bears radar for multiple reasons. He’s hit 87.7 percent of his field goals and has 97.6 percent of his extra points. While his first time with the Bears in the Ryan Pace era didn’t end as hoped, Gould seems more motivated than ever to come back to Chicago and deliver a Super Bowl title.

Over the last few weeks, Gould has been all over Chicago in social media. He’s posted pictures of him at a Blackhawks game and has gotten endorsements from former Chicago Bears teammates about a potential return to the Bears.

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While Gould wants the Bears, the question is do the Bears want Gould? The Bears know all too well what it’s like not having a good kicker. If the Bears want to be playing football in February next year and win, then they’ll need to bring back an old face who’s perhaps the most valuable special teams player in franchise history.