Gostkowski will finish his time with the Patriots as 12th on the all-time NFL scoring list with 1775 total points.
The New England Patriots are obviously going to look very different in the 2020 season. News broke on Monday that the New England Patriots are moving on from another long-tenured player. Jim McBride of the Boston Globe broke that the Patriots planned to release their longtime stephen Gostkowski
Gostkowski who is 36-years-old, played in just four games for the Patriots last season before ending up on the IR with a hip injury. He was clearly affected by the injury, he missed 4 extra points attempts in the first four games of the season, and then the Patriots were left with uncertainty at the kicking position for the first time in Bill Belichick's entire tenure with the Patriots. Kai Forbath, Mike Nugent, and Nick Folk all carried out kicking duties the rest of the season, and neither of the three men really stood out as better than the other, but Folk ended up with the starting job by the end of the season.
This move seems to be another example of Bill Belichick shedding salary as the Patriots are being set up for what could be a rough year, but an important year for the Patriots future. It has also expected that Belichick could draft a kicker out of this year's draft, so the news doesn't come as that much of a surprise.
The Patriots drafted Gostkowski in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, and up until now he's spent his entire 14-year career with the New England Patriots. He will finish his career with the Patriots converting 87.4% of his field goals and 98.3% of his is extra points. Gostkowski of course won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, he was selected to four pro bowls, and he was also selected as a two-time All Pro. Despite Gostkowski having some issues over the last couple of Seasons kicking extra points, he actually holds the NFL record for the most consecutive extra points made with 479
Gostkowski will finish his time with the Patriots as 12th on the all-time NFL scoring list with 1775 total points. The all time points leader is Adam Vinatieri who has 2673 points. This is kind of ironic considering that Gostkowski was actually drafted to replace Vinatieri in 2006 when Vinatieri signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
Patriot fans began showing displeasure with Gostkowski going back to the 2015 AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos when Gostkowski missed an extra point on the Patriots opening touchdown drive. New England ultimately lost the game by one point after Brady and Gronkowski were unable to convert a two-point conversion with no time clock.