Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Patriots rumors: New England will release kicker Stephen Gostkowski after 14 seasons

Patriots rumors: New England will release kicker Stephen Gostkowski after 14 seasons

Add kicker to the list of needs for the Patriots to fill this offseason.

The Boston Globe first reported the move.

The New England Patriots are reportedly releasing franchise leading scorer Stephen Gostkowski.

Gostkowski spent much of the 2019 season on injured reserve due to a hip injury. A Gostkowski release will save the Pats almost $3.5MM.

Gostkowski, the Patriots' fourth-round (118th-overall) pick in the 2006 NFL Draft out of the University of Memphis, was immediately challenged with succeeding legendary kicker Adam Vinatieri. Nick Folk was solid in taking over for Gostkowski last season, hitting 14 of 17 field goal attempts and all 12 PATs.

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Cutting Gostkowski creates about $3 million in cap space for the Patriots, who are up against it after re-signing key free agents and absorbing a $13.5 million dead cap charge for the departed Tom Brady. Gostkowski indicated to NFL Network's Mike Giardi back in January he desired to continue his career for a 15th season but needed to get healthy first.

The Patriots are releasing kicker Stephen Gostkowski, the team announced Monday evening.

The field goal unit was the most glaring weakness for the Titans in 2019, as evidenced by the team's league-worst field goal percentage of 44.4, which was 23.5 percent worse than the next closest team.

Even with the pressure of replacing a legend, Gostkowski went on to have a terrific career making his fair share of clutch kicks while bringing tremendous consistency to the position.

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