Earlier this week, the New England Patriots released longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski. He spent 14 seasons in Foxborough and has been one of the most reliable kickers in the league for a while.
Gostkowski missed most of the 2019 season due to injury. The Patriots went through a handful of kickers to try and find a way to fill the void on special teams.
New England already made the tough decision to move on from Gostkowski, but that doesn’t mean it won’t sting. On Tuesday, head coach Bill Belichick released a heartfelt statement for his former player.
“I have had the privilege of coaching some of the best specialists in the NFL and Stephen Gostkowski is one of them,” Belichick said in a statement. “Stephen had many highlights over his 14 years as a Patriot and one of the most impressive was the way it began when he succeeded the most accomplished kicker in NFL history. He made several crucial kicks his rookie year and established a top level of performance and consistency for years and years to come. Stephen is a great teammate who made outstanding contributions over a decade of championship football.”
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) March 24, 2020
Gostkowski isn’t the only longtime member of the Patriots that won’t be on the roster for the 2020 season.
Tom Brady shocked the world this offseason when he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’ll be odd to see a different quarterback leading the offense in New England.
We’ll find out soon enough where Gostkowski will resume his career.