|Team:||New England Patriots|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 215 lb.|
|Born:||January 28, 1984|
|Drafted:||2006 / Rd. 4 (118)|
The Patriots will release Gostkowski (hip), Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: When healthy, Gostkowski was entrenched as the Patriots' kicker since he was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. A hip injury limited the 36-year-old to four games last season, however. Per Doug Kyed of NESN.com, with Gostkowski on the way out, Matthew Slater is now the longest-tenured player on the Patriots.
Gostkowski (hip) may be released this offseason, NESN.com's Zack Cox reports.
Analysis: Gostkowski missed five kicks in four games last season before landing on injured reserve with a hip injury. He's now entering the last year of his contract, with the Patriots able to clear out nearly $3.5 million in cap space if he's released. The 36-year-old probably needs to accept a pay cut to have any shot at sticking around.
Gostkowski will require season-ending surgery to address a left hip injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Gostkowski, who the Patriots placed on IR on Wednesday, is expected to be ready for the 2020 season, but for now the Patriots will have to find a new kicker for the remainder of the current campaign.
The Patriots are placing Gostkowski (undisclosed) on injured reserve Wednesday, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Gostkowski missed his first practice of the season Wednesday, and will now miss at least the next eight weeks due to an undisclosed issue. It appears as though Gostkowski's uncharacteristic struggles with PATs this season could have been due to injury. Expect the Patriots to add another kicker to the 53-man roster in short order.
Gostkowski was not seen at the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The veteran kicker is presumably dealing with an injury, though nothing of that nature was reported after Sunday's 16-10 divisional win over the Bills. The 35-year-old has dealt with uncharacteristic PAT issues this season, having missed four of 15 attempts through four contests, and an injury could serve to explain the cause behind those struggles.
Gostkowski made his only field-goal attempt (from 23 yards), en route to recording four points in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Bills.
Analysis: Meanwhile, Gostkowski missed one of his two extra-point tries, giving him a total of four misses (on 15 attempts) through the Patriots' first four contests this season. Gostkowski's reliability over the years works in his favor, but his recent PAT issues are something he'll have to overcome soon in order to maintain his job security.
Gostkowski made his only field-goal attempt (from 37 yards), en route to recording six points in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jets.
Analysis: His did miss one of his four extra point tries, which gives him three misses over his last two games. That's a bit concerning in the short term, but Gostkowski's reliability over the years presumably ensures that the Patriots won't make any rash moves here. Three games into the season, Gostkowski has racked up 28 points, while working behind the league's second-highest (35.3 PPG) scoring offense.
Gostkowski made one of two field-goal attempts and four of six extra-point attempts in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.
Analysis: Gostkowski missed just one extra point in 50 attempts last year, and he's never missed more than three in a season. He was able to nail a 28-yard field goal, but he missed a 48-yard attempt. This is a tough start for the normally automatic kicker, and he'll look to get back on track in a home game versus the Jets in Week 3.
Gostkowski made all four of his field goal attempts in Sunday's 33-3 win over the Steelers, en route to recording 15 points in the contest.
Analysis: That production isn't going to be sustainable, but the Patriots offense was sharp in Week 1 and will soon be bolstered by the addition of wideout Antonio Brown. As a result, Gostkowski's team context remains favorable and he profiles as one of fantasy's more reliable kicking options.
Gostkowski is signing a two-year contract to stay with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: While he reportedly drew some interest from San Francisco, the 35-year-old was always most likely to stay in New England for a 14th season with the Patriots. His leg strength is merely adequate at this stage of his career, but he's still one of the more accurate short-range kickers in the league and is still attached to a Tom Brady offense. Gostkowski is working on a streak of eight consecutive seasons with at least 27 successful field goals and 44 extra points, making him the most reliable option at an unpredictable position.
The 49ers are showing interest in Gostkowski, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: The 49ers placed their franchise tag on kicker Robbie Gould, who thus far has opted not to sign the $4.971 million tender. Meanwhile, Gostkowski presumably prefers to stay in New England but hasn't received a contract offer to his liking. The 49ers can rescind Gould's tender and allow him to become an unrestricted free agent if they decide to sign Gostkowski. Bother kickers offer impressive accuracy with middling leg strength.
The Patriots and Gostkowski are making progress with negotiations on a new contract, Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Analysis: Despite finishing in the top 10 in points scored 11 times in his 13 seasons, Gostkowski wasn't extended the franchise tag by the deadline like he was in 2015. The Patriots' decision left him free to explore all options once the new league year started March 13, but it appears as if he'll stick with the only organization he's ever known.
Gostkowski is not receiving a franchise tag from the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: There's still a chance Gostkowski re-signs with New England, but he'll at least have an opportunity to assess other offers. Regardless of whether its Gostkowski or another player, the Patriots' kicker will be a sensible choice at the end of fantasy drafts until Tom Brady retires.
Gostkowski made two of his three field-goal attempts in Sunday's 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Analysis: Gostkowski, who added an extra point in the contest, finished the regular season ranked fifth overall among NFL kickers in scoring with 130 points. The 35-year-old is eligible to become a free agent this offseason, but we suspect the Patriots would like to retain the 2006 fourth-rounder, either via a contract extension or through the application of the team's franchise tag.
Gostkowski made his only field-goal attempt (from 47 yards) and was 4-for-4 on extra points in Sunday's AFC Championship.
Analysis: Gostkowski ranked fifth in scoring amongst kickers in 2018 and was consistent as ever Sunday. Through two playoff games he's hit on all three of his field-goal attempts and all nine of his extra points.
Gostkowski, who made 27 of 32 field goal attempts this past season, ended up recording 130 points in 2018.
Analysis: That's a 26-point drop-off from 2017, but Gostkowski still carved out fantasy utility while kicking behind the New England offense, ranking fifth overall among NFL kickers in scoring. Gostkowski is eligible to become a free agent this offseason, but we suspect that the Patriots would like to retain the 34-year-old, either through a contract extension or via the application of their franchise tag.
Gostkowski made his only field-goal attempt (from 24 yards) in Sunday's 24-12 win over the Bills, en route to recording six points.
Analysis: Gostkowski heads into Week 17 with 122 points, a mark that places him seventh in the league. He's been a solid fantasy kicker this season, but the 34-year-old has slipped some on that front, after having logged 156 points (good for second in the NFL) last season.
Gostkowski made his only field-goal attempt in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Steelers, en route to logging four points.
Analysis: The four points tie Gostkowski's season-low output from Weeks 3 and 10, but he's generally a pretty steady fantasy option while kicking behind the New England offense.
Gostkowski missed an extra-point as well as a 42-yard field goal attempt in Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Dolphins.
Analysis: Gostkowski did make two of his field-goal tries in Week 14, but the missed extra point -- his first of the season -- was particularly costly in the team's one-point loss. He heads into Week 15 action with 112 points, which currently ranks fifth in the NFL.
Gostkowski made one of his two field-goal attempts en route to logging six points in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Vikings.
Analysis: Gostkowski has only notched double-digit points twice this season, but he remains a solid fantasy kicking option while working behind the New England offense.
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