When the Patriots let Adam Vinatieri walk a few years back, Patriots nation was disappointed and scared, very scared. Adam had been so clutch with his years with the Patriots, becoming a hero in New England with playoff and superbowl kicks. A kicker is like a closer in baseball, you expect your closer to nail down the save in the 9th and you expect your kicker to make kicks. When the closer/kicker does not do those things consistently it is scary when they take the field and tough to trust them.
Gostowski has signed a four year extension earning him about 14 million over that timespan. This off season he said after being tendered for one year:
“I was happy it was by the Patriots. I’m glad to be back. This is the place I want to be. I’m just glad to get another opportunity to be on the team"
Well Stephen we are happy to have you back.