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Patriots Kicker Stephen Gostkowski Signs Franchise Tag

The Patriots all time leading scorer has signed his franchise tag for the upcoming season.

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski has signed his franchise tag, locking him onto the roster for the 2015 season. Gostkowski is New England's all time leading scorer and has led the league in scoring for three straight seasons. He is the most accurate kicker in NFL History, out of kickers with 150+ attempts.

Gostkowski signing his tag will help the Patriots as they can now find a long term extension to reduce his current cap hit. There is prior precedence for a quick turnaround as Vince Wilfork was franchised in 2010 and signed an extension on March 5th, the very first day of free agency.

The Patriots will want to extend Gostkowski to open up as much cap space as possible to have room for Devin McCourty and Darrelle Revis to return.