By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Patriots and kicker Stephen Gostkowski have agreed to a two-year extension, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Schefter later added that the two-year deal with the 35-year-old is worth up to $8.5 million.
More details are yet to emerge in terms of guaranteed money, salaries, and bonuses. But the max value of $8.5 million is in line with the top of the market for NFL kickers.
Gostkowski’s $4.25 million AAV ties him for the second-highest in the league with the Panthers’ Graham Gano, per Spotrac. The San Francisco 49ers made Robbie Gould the NFL’s highest-paid kicker when they applied the franchise tag to him for $4.971 million.
Interestingly enough, NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco reported on Tuesday that the 49ers were showing interest in Gostkowski, mere hours before Schefter reported the Patriots’ extension.
Gostkowski’s 84.4 percent field goal percentage (27-for-32) ranked 19th in the NFL in the 2018 regular season. However he ranked fifth in extra-point percentage after going 49-for-50 (98 percent). He went a perfect 10-for-10 on extra points in the playoffs, and 5-for-6 on field goals.
He missed his first kick in Super Bowl LIII, a 46-yard field goal try. But he made two kicks after that, including a 41-yarder with 1:16 left in regulation that effectively put the Patriots’ 13-3 win out of reach.
It’s now highly likely that the Patriots will wait at least one more season before exploring a change at the kicker position. It’s a win for Gostkowski, who waited things out in free agency and ended up with a top-of-the-market deal.
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