Gostkowski is signing a two-year contract to stay with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. 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. 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. Both 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. 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. 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 it's Gostkowski or another player, the Patriots' kicker will be a sensible choice at the end of fantasy drafts until Tom Brady retires.
Gostkowski made his only field-goal attempt (from 47 yards) and was 4-for-4 on extra points in Sunday's AFC Championship Game. Gostkowski ranked fifth in scoring among kickers in 2018 and was consistent as ever Sunday. Through two playoff games, he's converted all three of his field-goal attempts and all nine of his extra points.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||New York Jets||31||9.00|
|6||10/11||New York Giants||30||8.63|
|7||10/22||@New York Jets||31||9.00|
|14||12/08||Kansas City Chiefs||7||6.39|