Patriots reportedly releasing kicker Stephen Gostkowski

Tanya Simon
March 24, 2020

Gostkowski, 36, and his future in New England was first up in the air last offseason. As reported by Jim McBride of the Boston Globe on Monday, the Pats are releasing longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

Gostkowski spent much of the 2019 season on injured reserve due to a hip injury.

Moments later, Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 41-yarder to clinch a 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on February 3, 2019.

The Patriots drafted Gostkowski in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft to replace future Hall of Famer and Pats legend Adam Vinatieri.

Gostkowski was a rock for New England, with enough leg to bite through the bitter weather in Foxboro in pivotal games in December and January.

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The 36-year-old plans to kick next season after his 2019 campaign ended when he had hip surgery to fix a lingering issue.

When Tom Brady announced last week that he was leaving the New England Patriots after 20 seasons, that left kicker Stephen Gostkowski as the team's longest-tenured player.

During his 14-year career, Gostkowski has averaged an 87.4 percent success rate on field goals, and has made 90 percent or better of his kicks five times.

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.

Bill Belichick ran through backups in his absence last season, as Kai Forbath, Mike Nugent, and Nick Folk all got a chance to kick.

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