Patriots have signed bunch of special teams players, but why not Stephen Gostkowski, Ryan Allen?

Ryan Hannable
March 15, 2019 - 8:54 am

The Patriots haven't exactly been active with big name signings, but they have been active in special teams signings.

Special teams captain Matthew Slater had his 2019 option picked up and then the team brought back Brandon Bolden, as well as signing Terrence Brooks, formerly of the Jets, who led them in special teams snaps last season. While it seems they've made this unit a priority, it is interesting they haven't brought back their two biggest special teams players -- kicker Stephen Gostkowski and punter Ryan Allen.

Gostkowski, 35, is one of the best kickers in the league and the thought was he would be brought back, but it obviously hasn't happened yet. His last contract, which came in 2015, made him the highest-paid kicker in the game, but given his age it may not make sense for the Patriots to do that once again. Even though Gostkowski is known for his misses in big games, he's still one of the most dependable kickers in the entire NFL.

Specific to Gostkowski, he doesn't have many options left if he were to leave New England. The Seahawks and Jets, both of which needed kickers, have brought new ones in over the last few days, so Gostkowski can't exactly force the Patriots into a bidding war for his services. It's also worth looking at the Patriots' cap situation (likely currently over the cap) and their inability to delve out big money at the moment, especially to a kicker.

Allen, 29, is in a similar situation as Gostkowski. The Patriots could look at their current cap situation and feel it is best to bring in a new punter on a much lesser salary than what Allen would demand. It seemed like the Patriots had plans to move on from Allen last season when Corey Bojorquez was drafted, but the Bills claimed him at the end of training camp when the Patriots were trying to keep him on the practice squad.

It just seems interesting that the Patriots have made commitments to a number of special teams players, but not their two biggest.

At the beginning of the offseason it felt like both would be back, but the longer things go on and the less and less money the Patriots have to spend, the more and more it feels like the Patriots could have some new faces in these areas next season. 

Unless of course, they feel confident they have deals in place and are just waiting to get the cap space to make them official.

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