Patriots release Stephen Gostkowski

The Patriots have released veteran kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

Will they go younger and cheaper via the draft? That remains to be seen.

The move, first reported by Jim McBride of the Globe, saves $3,487,500 against the cap and there will be a dead-cap hit of $1.4 million. It will bring the Patriots' total dead cap charge to nearly $25 million.

Patriots also replaced Nate Ebner with another special teams standout: Cody Davis of the Jaguars.

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