In an offseason where the Patriots have invested in more special teams help, their own veteran kicker is still on the market.
Stephen Gostkowski, a two-time All-Pro who has converted 87 percent of his field-goal chances in his 13-year career with New England, has yet to sign a new deal. Initially thought to be a candidate for the franchise tag, it’s been quiet around the 35-year-old when it comes to getting a sense as to where negotiations are at this point between the kicker and team.
League-wide, the high end of the market has been set — Wil Lutz signed a five-year deal with the Saints worth $20.25 million, a contract that will cost New Orleans $800,000 this year. Jason Myers, a Pro Bowler last year with the Jets, agreed to a four-year deal with the Seahawks worth $15.5 million, while Josh Lambo also hit on a similar deal with the Jaguars. (Myers will have a base salary of $1.5 million in 2019, while Lambo will cost Jacksonville $1 million.) If that’s the ceiling, given the state of the Patriots’ cap situation, they’d likely have to move some money around to make it work -- which could be one of the reasons behind a potential holdup.