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The last of the Patriots’ marquee free agents is coming back to Foxboro.

Longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who remained unsigned for nearly a month, has re-signed with the Patriots on a two-year deal, a source confirmed.

One of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, Gostkowski converted 84.4 percent of his field goals a year ago, ranking 20th in the league. That figure was tied for his lowest conversion rate since 2012.

Even so, Gostkowski rarely left easy points on the board. He made 35 consecutive kicks inside 50 yards to start the season. His first miss from inside the 50-yard mark came in a Week 13 win over the Vikings.

Gostkowski, 35, will enter his 14th season with the Patriots. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 draft as Adam Vinatieri’s successor and has exceeded all expectations.

“I think he showed an incredible amount of maturity and poise his rookie year,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said last July when reflecting on Gostkowski’s career. “He came into probably as difficult a situation as any player that I’ve ever — rookie player — that I’ve brought on to a team with the expectations that were with him and, obviously, with what Adam had done before he was here. Steve’s been really consistent through all of these years.”

Belichick described Gostkowski as “very accountable, dependable, physically and mentally tough player.”

“I’ve been very fortunate here to have two of the best kickers that have ever played in the National Football League as the head coach here, so I feel very fortunate to have had Steve and Adam,” Belichick said.

With Gostkowski back in the fold, the Patriots won’t experience any turnover among their specialists. The team re-signed punter Ryan Allen earlier this offseason.

Source : https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/04/09/patriots-re-sign-kicker-stephen-gostkowski/

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