The New England Patriots have informed placekicker Stephen Gostkowski that he will be released.
Gostkowski, a fourth-round draft choice in 2006, is the team's all-time leader in field goals, extra points, and total points. He also dominates their single-season records in both categories. However, he was limited to only four games in 2019 due to a hip injury.
ESPN's Mike Reiss says Gostkowski was scheduled to count $4.8 million on the salary cap this year. He also points out that with Gostkowski and Tom Brady moving on, special teams ace Matthew Slater is left as the team's longest-tenured player.