Robbie Gould thinks NFL will play

Updated: July 3, 2011, 12:52 AM ET
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould, the team's player representative, said Saturday that he is optimistic that the NFL lockout will be resolved in time to play this season.

"I think that we'll be playing football at some point, it's just a matter of when," Gould said on ESPN 1000's Chicago's GameDay. "Once they get a settlement finished, it's going to take some time to get all the free agents signed, all the rookies signed, all the rookie free agents and get those plans put in place to either get into training camp and/or revise the schedule enough so that you can get ready for the regular season in time."

The negotiations between the players and the league are on hold until after the holiday weekend, but Gould is hoping to have good news for his teammates soon.

"Things are going well. As well as can be expected at this point," Gould said. "Anytime both sides are talking to one another, that's obviously a good thing. We hope that we can get a settlement done so we can play football this year and hopefully both sides can get to that agreement sooner than later."

Later Saturday, Gould was on hand at Wrigley Field to sing during the seventh-inning stretch of the Cubs-White Sox game. He sounded optimistic about his chances with that, too.

"The good news is that the worse you sing, the better the people like it," Gould joked.

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