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Patriots releasing all-time scoring leader Stephen Gostkowski

Kicker Stephen Gostkowski, a 2006 draft pick, ended 2019 on injured reserve.

New York Giants v New England Patriots Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The New England Patriots’ all-time scoring leader is departing.

As reported Monday by Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, the Patriots have released kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

Gostkowski stood as the longest-tenured member of New England’s roster following quarterback Tom Brady’s recent exit for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Memphis product arrived as a fourth-round pick in the 2006 NFL draft, and proceeded to earn four Pro Bowls, three All-Pros and three Super Bowl rings as the successor to Adam Vinatieri.

Gostkowski had been placed on injured reserve last October due to a hip injury that required surgery. The 36-year-old’s run as New England’s kicker spanned 204 regular-season games and 28 playoff games.

It brought a combined conversion rate of 87.5 percent.

The Patriots retained Gostkowski on a two-year, $8.5 million pact in the spring of 2019. His cap number was scheduled to eclipse $4.8 million in 2020. Per Miguel Benzan of the Boston Sports Journal, the release clears $837,500 in space for New England when accounting for the Top 51 rule.

Fellow kicker Nick Folk, who went 14-of-17 on field goals and 12-of-12 on extra points in Gostkowski’s absence last campaign, is an unrestricted free agent.