Stephen Gostkowski expects to play this year

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Longtime Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski hasn’t been heard from much since New England cut him last month, but he says he’s ready to sign with a team just as soon as workouts and physicals become feasible.

Gostkowski told Tom Curran of NBCSportsBoston.com that he’s confident he can bounce back in 2020 after a hip injury forced him to miss most of 2019.

“I’m not ready to just hang it up. I’m gonna try to play. It’s going to be tough to show teams what I can do right now or work out or do a physical, but I’m not too worried about it. I’m not concerned. I kind of take things day by day,” Gostkowski said. “I feel good. I’m starting to feel better. I’m trying to keep getting in better and better shape and I’ve probably done more so far this year as I would heading into a normal season so I feel like I’m ahead of where I usually am and I have nothing but time.”

The 36-year-old Gostkowski says he has nothing but fond memories of the Patriots, who drafted him in 2006 and made him the successor to Adam Vinatieri. He had a good run in New England, but now he’s ready to kick somewhere else.

18 responses to “Stephen Gostkowski expects to play this year

  1. BB has the Patriots so far into cap hell he can’t even afford his kicker…. As it stands the Patriots have $893,436 or remaining cap space. BB will either need to cut some other players, restructure some players and create future “cap hell”, of trade away his draft picks because he will have no money to pay any rookies. Of course it doesn’t help that he is paying Brady $13.5M, Antonio Brown $4.75M, Stephen Gostowski $3.2M, Michael Bennett $2M, Duron Harmon $1.5M all to not play in NE. That’s right, BB is paying Gostowski more than the going rate for a kicker to not play in NE!!

  2. You got fired like Brady. He’s another guy that has simply faded in recent years.

    Kinda sad, these older players can’t accept it because of the ego. He would miss kicks in domes and with no wind from 40 yards and in, NE would lose, and he’d act like nothing happened after the game.

  3. If the Bears do not sign him, I truly don’t understand what their front office does in quarantine.

  4. SWFLPC.INC says: BB has the Patriots so far into cap hell he can’t even afford his kicker…
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    Yes you have to ask yourself if 9 SB trips in 18yrs was worth being tight on cap for one year.

  5. SWFLPC.INC says:
    April 9, 2020 at 9:41 am
    BB has the Patriots so far into cap hell he can’t even afford his kicker…. As it stands the Patriots have $893,436 or remaining cap space. BB will either need to cut some other players, restructure some players and create future “cap hell”, of trade away his draft picks because he will have no money to pay any rookies. Of course it doesn’t help that he is paying Brady $13.5M, Antonio Brown $4.75M, Stephen Gostowski $3.2M, Michael Bennett $2M, Duron Harmon $1.5M all to not play in NE. That’s right, BB is paying Gostowski more than the going rate for a kicker to not play in NE!!

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    Dude, your team just got a grade of F in free agency due to 237 million in contracts spent. It was literally the worst value FA spending spree in league history. LOL!

    And, you come in here lying about a cap hell for the Pats. What color is the sky in your world?

    NE’s already paid their players, have essentially a redshirted 2019 draft class, save for the guys who got their feet wet last year (Williams, WInowich, Harry, Meyers), and 12 draft picks in this year’s draft. Do you even have a clue?

    This means all the contracts are very clean and/or the players will be under rookie deals for the next few upcoming seasons.

    Sure, the dead money hurts, but NE was never going to make splashes. BB is literally mirroring his 2010/2011 pre Lockout approach right in front of everyone’s eyes.

    Gostkowski is old, Brady had to go, and like I said yesterday when I embarrassed you, NE’s team is already built in-house. Once the Thuney deal, hits, they’ll get about 5 mil freed up for the rookies.

    In 2021, NE has over 100 million in cap space and will an absolute wagon with contract control, continuity and leverage on FAs in the market.

    This is the complete 180 of cap hell. BB doesn’t do what your team or other dumb teams do.

    The irony of BB taking over for NE in 2000 with an absolute mess of overpayments (Rucci, Lane, etc), and needing to fix what Grier did, only to see Grier’s kid in Miami, copying his father.

    Your team, with every contract bloated, literally every one, has just entered early stages of cap hell. By the time you get a QB, become good, etc, all those players would have been rented during the rebuild.

    You have no known base, which means no continuity, new bodies everywhere, no QB, etc. What a wasted investment Van Noy was the best signing, but he’s way overpaid at 14 mil per. That’s insane.

    FAIL.

  6. why is everything EGO?? Maybe they just enjoy playing, Some people like their jobs. At a young age of 35 – 40 what else do they do? Always ripping on the players and bowing to BB

  7. streetyson says:
    April 9, 2020 at 10:47 am
    SWFLPC.INC says: BB has the Patriots so far into cap hell he can’t even afford his kicker…
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    Yes you have to ask yourself if 9 SB trips in 18yrs was worth being tight on cap for one year.

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    Here is exactly what happened:

    1. Primadonna Brady sucked in 2019. He said he’d retire when he started to suck. He’s now TB’s problem for at least 1 more year, quite possibly before he sucks again with new players, coaches, team, etc.

    2. The media then transfers blame to BB with rhetoric about “lack of talent” on the team again, which is always what seems to happen when Brady sucks. This happened in 2011, ironically with a young D that lacked depth during the rebuild on the fly, played way better than he did in that postseason.

    3. Rinse and repeat, fast forward to 2019/2020 and the media, being lazy that they are and not liking BB, use the same narrative, to brainwash even some of our own fans who think Brady is great all the time, AND these same Pats fans who clearly are not good at analyzing the sport, so they can’t even see how good some of their own players are not named Brady.

    Look at our society as a whole. People are dumb. People read a narrative on the internet, over and over, as wrong as it may be, and some people actually believe it.

    No one does their own homework anymore.

  8. Di Wol says:
    April 9, 2020 at 10:50 am
    why is everything EGO?? Maybe they just enjoy playing, Some people like their jobs. At a young age of 35 – 40 what else do they do? Always ripping on the players and bowing to BB

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    Well, yeah, but they can’t see they’ve been fading for an extended period of time. Like,B Brady? His same issues this year? They actually are rooted in 2018. People forget the regular season, because NE was able to flip the scrip after that pathetic loss @ Pitt, and how great Brady was vs SD and KC. But, that D won that SB.

    Got it?

    So, if you have a kicker with a hip injury at 36, who was already sucking the last 2-3 years, and still wants to play for the same money, he can move his family elsewhere if he thinks he’s worth the 2nd highest salary in the league, someone can else have him if he thinks he’s that good, still.

    Of course it’s ego.

  9. Gostkowski was shaky, especially in big games. Many of his makes were heart attack specials and he had this knack for hitting semi-knuckleballs that moved wildly from side to side. All we need is someone that can kick straight from 45 on in, since our PK can do kickoffs. Foles did that well last year, but believe they’ll take a rookie like Blankenship in the 5th for cap reasons.

  10. mainepatriotsfan says:
    April 9, 2020 at 11:24 am
    Gostkowski was shaky, especially in big games. Many of his makes were heart attack specials and he had this knack for hitting semi-knuckleballs that moved wildly from side to side. All we need is someone that can kick straight from 45 on in, since our PK can do kickoffs. Foles did that well last year, but believe they’ll take a rookie like Blankenship in the 5th for cap reasons.

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    A lot of his stats are tied to the Brady-led offense and rule changes. Very misleading quality of a kicker.

    Of course, considering how bad the kicking landscape is, he may be seen as a good option.

  11. mainepatriotsfan says:
    April 9, 2020 at 11:24 am

    but believe they’ll take a rookie like Blankenship in the 5th for cap reasons.
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    I’m thinking Blankenship could go earlier than 5th round. He was that good. They could easily use one of their third rounders on him

  12. Kinda sad, these older players can’t accept it because of the ego.
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    If these guys have an ego then what they hell do you have? Please enlighten us all on how Edelman is the all time leading punt per avenge return yards of 13 yards again (17th on the all time list). That was classic. People who always have to pump up their own tires know they are weak.

  13. People are dumb. People read a narrative on the internet, over and over, as wrong as it may be, and some people actually believe it.
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    Kind of like all your posts on every single article? You are trying to get people to believe your narrative. Quit trying to make people dumb!

  14. dannywhite11 says:
    April 9, 2020 at 1:09 pm
    Kinda sad, these older players can’t accept it because of the ego.
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    If these guys have an ego then what they hell do you have? Please enlighten us all on how Edelman is the all time leading punt per avenge return yards of 13 yards again (17th on the all time list). That was classic. People who always have to pump up their own tires know they are weak.

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    “Edelman became, for the moment, the NFL’s all-time leader in career punt return average, with 13.0 yards per return, surpassing the 12.8-yard average of former Chicago Bear George McAfee.”

    Yes, he was the all time leader and if he wasn’t protected now as the punt returner, allowing others to do it so he can continue to be the #1 WR, he’d probably still hold the #1 spot like he had.

    It doesn’t change the point made.

    Your reading comprehension issues shouldn’t be my problem.

  15. “Edelman became, for the moment, the NFL’s all-time leader in career punt return average, with 13.0 yards per return, surpassing the 12.8-yard average of former Chicago Bear George McAfee.”

    Yes, he was the all time leader and if he wasn’t protected now as the punt returner, allowing others to do it so he can continue to be the #1 WR, he’d probably still hold the #1 spot like he had.
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    You literally took his first 4 years in the league for the 12.95 yard return average. You cherrypick stats all the time. Just like BB’s losing season records do not count. Your comprehension of reality is a big problem. It is quite telling. I read it in an email you sent out in December 2018.

  16. tylawspick6 says:
    April 7, 2020 at 10:57 am
    Angel Valle says:
    April 7, 2020 at 9:01 am
    I’ll take jules everyday and twice on sundays he has more heart then anyone !

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    He’s only the NFL’s all time leader in punt return average. More outright disrespect to Patriots Greats.

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    Then you go onto change your narrative to “Edelman became, for the moment, the NFL’s all-time leader in career punt return average, with 13.0 yards per return, surpassing the 12.8-yard average of former Chicago Bear George McAfee.” That was in 2012! You did not even mention years, when he became the Pats #1 receiver, nothing. Fraud.

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