The New England Patriots have lost some of their key players this offseason. Just a couple of days ago, they announced the decision to part ways with Stephen Gostkowski, their long-time kicker.
For a very long time, the Patriots have has a lot of security at the kicker position. First, they had Adam Vinatieri who spent ten seasons with them and helped them win three Super Bowls. Then, once he left the team in 2006, the Patriots drafted Stephen Gostkowski who was their kicker up until next season. He suffered a serious hip injury that limited him to only four games in the 2019 NFL season. Even though he will be better before the start of the next season, the Patriots have still decided to move on from him.
Head coach Bill Belichick shared a touching statement for the long-time kicker earlier this week. The statement reads:
“I have had the privilege of coaching some of the best specialists in the NFL and Stephen Gostkowski is one of them. Stephen had many highlights over his 14 years as a Patriot and one of the most impressive was the way it began, when he succeeded the most accomplished kicker in NFL history. For some, this may have been too difficult a challenge. But from his rookie year, Stephen exuded a maturity and confidence that demonstrated he was up to the task. He made several crucial kicks his rookie year and established a top level of performance and consistency for years and years to come. Stephen is a great teammate who made outstanding contributions over a decade of championship football.”
At this point, we don’t know if Gostkowski will want to continue his career elsewhere or if he will decide to call it quits and retire from playing professional football. We can’t wait to see what happens with him before the start of the upcoming season.