Stephen Gostkowski's time kicking in New England is over. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots release two-time All-Pro kicker Stephen Gostkowski

You can add a kicker to the list of needs for the New England Patriots this offseason. The Patriots are reportedly releasing longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski, according to Jim McBride of The Boston Globe. 

The 35-year-old has been New England's kicker since 2006 but played just four games in 2019 before having season-ending hip surgery.

Gostkowski is the franchise's all-time leading scorer, making four Pro Bowls and earning two All-Pro nods, and his 87.4 percent field goal percentage is one of the best among kickers in the NFL.

After he went down in 2019, the Patriots filled the void by using a combination of Kai Forbath, Mike Nugent and Nick Folk. While Folk finished the 2019 season with New England, he now is a free agent.

Cutting Gostkowski has created about $3 million in cap space, according to 98.5 The Sports Hub's Matt Dollof, and New England will have to fill the open position by drafting a kicker or seeking help in the free-agent market.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90



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Can you name the NFL kickers with the most field goals made in the postseason?
SCORE:
0/25
TIME:
5:00
56 / IND (2) / 96-18
Adam Vinatieri
39 / PHI (4) / 98-13
David Akers
39 / NE (1) / 06-18
Stephen Gostkowski
32 / PIT (5) / 82-04
Gary Anderson
26 / GB (1) / 07-19
Mason Crosby
25 / BAL (3) / 91-09
Matt Stover
24 / SEA (4) / 08-19
Stephen Hauschka
23 / CAR (3) / 91-11
John Kasay
22 / BUF (4) / 90-04
Steve Christie
21 / CLE (6) / 79-95
Matt Bahr
20 / HOU (4) / 71-82
Toni Fritsch
20 / SEA (4) / 82-99
Norm Johnson
18 / NO (5) / 82-07
Morten Andersen
18 / SEA (4) / 03-16
Josh Brown
18 / DAL (2) / 77-86
Rafael Septien
18 / STL (2) / 94-07
Jeff Wilkins
17 / CHI (2) / 85-97
Kevin Butler
17 / GB (3) / 89-99
Chris Jacke
17 / GB (3) / 97-12
Ryan Longwell
17 / WAS (4) / 70-86
Mark Moseley
16 / DEN (2) / 93-09
Jason Elam
16 / PHI (3) / 79-88
Tony Franklin
16 / JAX (2) / 95-02
Mike Hollis
16 / OAK (2) / 00-18
Sebastian Janikowski
16 / PIT (2) / 02-10
Jeff Reed

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