Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 3:44pm
The sides had faced a 4 p.m. ET deadline to reach a multiyear contract after the Patriots had designated Gostkowski as its franchise player in early March.
Gostkowski, who has played his entire career with the Patriots after being selected in the fourth round of the 2006 draft as the replacement for Adam Vinatieri, was the NFL's leading scorer in 2014 with 156 points. A Pro Bowler in each of the last two seasons, he has one of the strongest legs in the NFL, which the Patriots, as a team based in the Northeast often playing in adverse conditions, have valued. Gostkowski's strong leg was reflected in his 53 touchbacks during the 2014 regular season, which tied for fifth most in the league. The 31-year-old Gostkowski was 35-of-37 on field goals in 2014, hitting all 51 extra points that he attempted. He became New England's all-time leading scorer in 2014, passing Vinatieri, the story added.
Here are the five players who got the non-exclusive franchise tag, and the amount of the tender offer for each:
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul ($14,813,000)
Chiefs OLB Justin Houston ($13,195,000)
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant ($12,823,000)
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas ($12,823,000)
Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski ($4,126,000)
This may not make either Bryant or Thomas happy, but it ensures that they aren't going anywhere for at least one more season. Both players figure to be ranked in the top 5 at their position in 2015 fantasy drafts.
Graham joins David Buehler, Danny Bailey and Kai Forbath, however, Buehler (hip) and Forbath (quadriceps) are injured. Bailey handled the kicking duties in Sunday’s preseason game vs. San Diego but did not have a field goal attempt.
Graham was cut by Washington after missing field goal tries from 29 and 49 yards in the first week of the preseason. He went 12-of-12 last year in New England after replacing Stephen Gostkowski.
Thursday, June 9, 2011, 6:11pm
The David Akers era in Philly looks like it's at the "thanks for the memories'' stage after the Eagles spent a fourth-round pick on Nebraska's Alex Henery. The ex-Cornhusker went 120th overall, the highest a kicker has been selected since New England took Stephen Gostkowski two spots earlier than that in 2006.
Akers is a free agent and he's not done kicking in the NFL. Given the challenges the Cowboys and Redskins have had with kickers in recent years, I wouldn't be surprised if Akers wound up somewhere else in the NFC East, facing his old team twice a year. Not exactly the Donovan McNabb to Washington storyline of 2010, but it might be fun.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 9:49am
Patriots Stephen Gostkowski (quad) expects to be fine for 2011. He underwent right quad surgery last week. "Depending on how it goes, it seems to be something that won't have repercussions in the future if I do a good job of recovering," Gostkowski said.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 1:03pm
Rumor has it the Pats are already trying out other kickers. Prepare accordingly.
Monday, November 8, 2010, 1:35pm
The Patriots worked out both Graham and Shaun Suishman last month to keep themselves abreast of the kickers on the market if anything should befall Gostkowski.
Well, something has. Our Mike Giardi has a source telling him Gostkowski could be down "for a couple of weeks."
Monday, November 8, 2010, 10:30am
Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker kicked an extra point in New England's game against Cleveland.
Welker, forced into kicking duty because Stephen Gostkowski suffered a thigh injury in the first half, drilled his kick to bring the Patriots within 27-14 with 6:37 left. He then kicked a pop-up to Browns return man Josh Cribbs on the ensuing kickoff.
It's the first time Welker has kicked since 2004, when he made a field goal and extra point as a rookie for Miami.
"You just have to be ready for any sort of situation," he said. "Unfortunately that came up and you just have to make due with what you got."
Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 9:30am
With Maroney gone, there is but one player remaining from New England’s 10-player 2006 draft class: kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
The move leaves New England with three thirtysomething backs in Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris, and Kevin Faulk, as well as BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who is 25. Taylor, who started the season opener against Cincinnati Sunday and averaged 5.1 yards on 14 carries, would appear to have the starting spot locked up for now.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 6:43pm
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