Ex-Pats kicker Gostkowski lands with Titans


Stephen Gostkowski's patience has paid off.

The 36-year-old kicker has agreed to terms with the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Thursday.

It's a one-year contract for Gostkowski, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Gostkowski reportedly turned down a pair of offers in free agency after the New England Patriots released him in March, but the Titans are a great fit on many levels.

Gostkowski was teammates with Titans head coach Mike Vrabel for three seasons in New England from 2006 to 2008, while Tennessee general manager Jon Robinson is a former Patriots regional scout who evaluated Gostkowski as a rookie out of Memphis in 2006, per Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer.

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The veteran kicker also lives in the Nashville area, so he gets to return home to kick for a legitimate playoff contender in the Titans, who cycled through three kickers last season.

Gostkowski won three Super Bowl titles over 14 seasons with the Patriots, making four Pro Bowls and leaving as the franchise's all-time points leader with 1,775.