Stephen Gostkowski re-signs with the Patriots

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The 49ers might have had some interest in kicker Stephen Gostkowski, but any notions of signing him to replace Robbie Gould will have to be put on ice.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Gostkowski has agreed to a new two-year contract with the Patriots. The deal comes after a report last week indicated the two sides were in a holding pattern on continuing their 13-year working relationship.

Gostkowski has made 87.38 percent of his field goal tries over those 13 years with New England. That’s good enough for third place in NFL history — Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is first with Gould just ahead of Gostkowski for second place — and it works well as a short explanation of why the Patriots would just stick with what isn’t broken.

Gostkowski was 27-of-32 on field goals and 49-of-50 on extra points for the Pats last season. He was No. 95 on PFT’s Free Agent Top 100 and his signing leaves 14 unattached players on the list.

42 responses to “Stephen Gostkowski re-signs with the Patriots

  1. shows what i know. i thought he would be finally gone. he has been inconsistent last few years. oh well hope he works out.

  2. Don’t let it fool you, great kickers are difficult to replace in the NFL. Although Gostkowski has lost his touch for the past few seasons to a certain extent, I’d much rather have him than 31 other kickers in the league. The only other one that sounds better is Justin Tucker.

  3. thejetssuck2001 says:
    April 9, 2019 at 5:17 pm
    shows what i know. i thought he would be finally gone. he has been inconsistent last few years. oh well hope he works out.

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    He’s missed a few key ones since 2015, but on average he’s been excellent. We may still bring in some competition for him. It’s not like you have to take a kicker in the first 3 rounds.

  4. Very Consistent during the regular season, in recent years has made me very nervous with field goals/Extra points during the playoffs.

    With that being said if it aint broke dont fix it! i remain confident in Gostkowski to do his job.

  5. With all due respect to the terrific kickers ahead of him on that accuracy list, he’s probably played in more meaningful & playoff games than any other kicker in NFL history. To have that success rate when you’ve kicked in so many heavy games over so many years is a pretty amazing achievement.

  6. Adam Vinatieri made the single greatest fiekd goal in NFL history with the 45 yard kick in the snow bowl a/k/a tuck rule game.

    Stephen Gostkowski has been a more consistent kicker for the Pats than Vinatieri was, in the regular season and post-season.

    Both of those statements are true.

    The Pats have been blessed with two excellent kickers for over twenty years.

    And we have Belichick and Brady. Yup, it sucks to be a Pats fan. 🙂

  7. Kickers are hard to replace, so it’s a relief to have someone “decent”, but he has not been reliable in many postseasons now. I’m just surprised Bill brought him back after clearly showing (much deserved) doubt about him in the Super Bowl late in the game.

    Hopefully he regains form, because some of those missed kicks have been brutal.

  8. He scored 130 pts last season, if he keeps that up he’ll overtake Janikowski for the 10th highest scorer all-time sometime early in the 2020 season. And he’d overtake Blanda’s 2,002 pts by end of that year for 7th place all-time (and Stover in 6th only has 2pts more than Blanda). Still only 34, he could still easily catch 46yr old Vinatieri for most all time – if Vinatieri retires soon.

  9. I still feel like Belichick went for it on 4th and 13 from the Giants 32 in SB XLII because in his heart, he doubted his kicker from 49 yards. That play choice changed that game, for the worse. I understand that after seeing missed extra points and FG’s change Championship Game and Super Bowl results we all get indigestion when he lines up for a big kick, he does in fact convert at a high level, that would be hard to replace. He makes more kicks than Vinatieri, though Vinatieri is thought of as more reliable because he has converted some high profile kicks. I keep thinking and hoping Gost will get his Vinatieri moment, but it keeps eluding him (I fear this will be the case with whoever follows Brady). I’m glad he made the kicks in this last Super Bowl to help them grind out the win. He was 2 out of 3, with an extra point. Little known is it was 1 day after his grandfather passed, though I don’t know if they were close or if it affected him. He needs a walk off winner in a high profile game to shake off the heebie-jeebies he’s been giving us LOL.

  10. Been holding my breath with this turd for a while. I can’t stand his aw shucks attitude and lack of accountability. Highest paid for years and has gotten progressively worse each year.

  11. lanman11 says:
    April 9, 2019 at 6:07 pm
    I still feel like Belichick went for it on 4th and 13 from the Giants 32 in SB XLII because in his heart, he doubted his kicker from 49 yards

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    said that for years

    he has lost them sbs and the 2015 afc title game

    probably the most overrated player they have had during this second dynasty run. I have never understood how he has escaped criticism.

  12. kevpft says:
    April 9, 2019 at 5:53 pm
    With all due respect to the terrific kickers ahead of him on that accuracy list, he’s probably played in more meaningful & playoff games than any other kicker in NFL history. To have that success rate when you’ve kicked in so many heavy games over so many years is a pretty amazing achievement.

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    give me a break

    he is the highest paid, or was, for years, and has ridden this era’s offensive explosion with the rule changes

    when it comes to clutch, he doesn’t have it

    even the ones he makes he is eeking inside the uprights

  13. kevpft says:
    April 9, 2019 at 5:53 pm
    With all due respect to the terrific kickers ahead of him on that accuracy list, he’s probably played in more meaningful & playoff games than any other kicker in NFL history. To have that success rate when you’ve kicked in so many heavy games over so many years is a pretty amazing achievement.

    13 1 Rate This

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    mouthbreathers going to believe in goodell, tooth fairies and easter bunnies

  14. streetyson says:
    April 9, 2019 at 5:59 pm
    Still only 34, he could still easily catch 46yr old Vinatieri for most all time – if Vinatieri retires soon.
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    He’s 35 but I get your point.

  15. tylawspick6 says:
    April 9, 2019 at 6:25 pm
    kevpft says:
    April 9, 2019 at 5:53 pm
    With all due respect to the terrific kickers ahead of him on that accuracy list, he’s probably played in more meaningful & playoff games than any other kicker in NFL history. To have that success rate when you’ve kicked in so many heavy games over so many years is a pretty amazing achievement.

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    give me a break

    he is the highest paid, or was, for years, and has ridden this era’s offensive explosion with the rule changes

    when it comes to clutch, he doesn’t have it

    even the ones he makes he is eeking inside the uprights
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    Cmon Ty, even if he’s eeked through some big kicks, he still hit them no? I agree his kicks in recent years leave me a little nervous at times but like any business, if you want to let him walk, fine, but who is his replacement? Without that obvious answer they made the right choice in resigning him.

  16. Good resign by Pats, Gost can still kick in clutch scenarios, also , these kickers who kick mainly outdoors and in the North and Northeast, they are a different breed than the inside the elements kickers. Swirling winds, rain, snow and cold for atleast half your schedule! Different breed !

  17. tylawspick6 says:
    April 9, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    mouthbreathers going to believe in goodell, tooth fairies and easter bunnies
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    Child please, at least try to post like an adult

  18. billswillnevermove says:
    April 9, 2019 at 7:24 pm
    Rather have Steven H from the Bills, better kicker in clutch situations.
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    I like him too, very good kicker. Problem for the Pats in this scenario is that he’s under contract for another team, poses a bit of a problem

  19. What is his signature career moment? The 62 yard FG in Mexico City?

    In all seriousness, he was perfect in the AFCCG at KC last year. I would go with that game. Imagine if he shanked an extra point.

    Other than that, maybe the 44 yard FG in the playoffs at Indy his rookie year. That put New England in the lead late in the game.

  20. Alot of people say he misses on big Games but if you really think about it the Patriots are in a big game almost every year oppose once every couple years.For example I read Gronk has played 17 playoff games in his 9 year career.My beloved Bears have won 17 playoff Games in there franchise history.So him missing a couple field Goals not a Big deal Good move on the Patriots.

  21. Gost doesn’t kick a straight ball a lot of the time. It zigs and zags its way past the uprights. He does convert at a high percentage, but is scary with the game on the line. He does a really good job with kickoffs though, and that’s still a big part of the game.

  22. he is very good at the kickoffs, putting the ball between goal line and 5 yeard line near a sideline which is something it seems the Pats do better than almost everyone else.

  23. The funniest thing is that fans are saying he’s inconsistent – yet he’s in 3rd place ALL-TIME in the NFL for kicking accuracy. If that’s inconsistent, what the hell do you call the 29 guys under him who are kicking in the NFL now?!?

  24. He had a tough year 2 years ago but he was good last year. Definitely was nervous watching him in the SuperBowl too. Kickers are cheap money relatively speaking so if you have one that is good on kickoffs as Gostowski is and also consistent you should try and hold on to him. There are plenty of teams that thought they were going to upgrade at kicker and then when the pressure was on the new guy couldn’t kick extra points.

  25. I wonder if he was injured in Super Bowl 42. Earlier in the game before the aforementioned 4th & 13 play, Gostkowski booted a kickoff out of bounds. It was possibly the worst kickoff of his career. That probably played in to the coach’s decision later on.

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