Bears release veteran kicker Robbie Gould

Bears kicker Robbie Gould.

Bears kicker Robbie Gould.

LAKE FOREST – For the most part the Bears’ final 53-man roster didn’t feature a number of major surprises when it was finalized on Saturday.

But the biggest surprise for fans came on Sunday.

The Bears have made the decision to release longtime kicker Robbie Gould. The news was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN and then confirmed by the Bears via press release late Sunday night.

Gould has been the Bears kicker for the past 11 seasons and is the most accurate kicker in franchise history, hitting 85.4 percent of his field goals. He is also the Bears’ All-Time leader in points scored with 1,207 and field goals made with 276. Gould was named to one Pro Bowl in his career back in 2006  – the same season he was named an NFL All-Pro.

The kicker was the only player remaining for the team’s 2006 NFC Championship team – the last Bears’ squad to make the Super Bowl.

Per a report from the Chicago Tribune on Sunday night, the Bears are expected to sign kicker Connor Barth to replace Gould. He was recently released by the New Orleans Saints where he spent the preseason.