Tom Brady won’t be the only longtime New England Patriots player leaving this offseason. According to reports, Patriots longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski could be on his way out, too.
According to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, the Patriots are planning on releasing the 14-year starting placekicker. Gostkowski is a four-time Pro Bowler and a two-time first-team All-Pro. He has led the league in field goals made three times and is New England’s all-time leading scorer.
Last year was a rough one for Gostkowski, though. He got injured in Week 4 and missed the rest of the season, during which the Patriots tried three other kickers. But with the new CBA raising the veteran’s minimum and the Patriots having only limited cap space, it appears the team needs to go in a different direction.
Considering that they don’t have any other placekickers under contract, we can assume the Patriots will either look for one in the draft – as they did with Gostkowski in 2006 – or in free agency.
— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) March 23, 2020
For over 20 years the Patriots have been more stable than any other at two positions: Quarterback and kicker. It was Drew Bledsoe and Adam Vinatieri from the 1990s to the early-2000s, then Brady and Gostkowski through the late-2000s and 2010s.
But in the span of a single week, both of them are gone.
Where will Stephen Gostkowski play next?