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Stephen Gostkowski reveals why he stayed with Patriots in free agency

Stephen Gostkowski reveals why he stayed with Patriots in free agency

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski is the second-longest tenured player on the team behind quarterback Tom Brady, and he could have left the franchise this offseason in NFL free agency.

Gostkowski instead decided to remain with the Patriots and signed a two-year contract worth a reported $8.5 million. He revealed Tuesday what went into his decision to stay in New England.

"It's a very fragile position," Gostkowski said at Gillette Stadium. "It doesn't take much to be at the top or the bottom in a position such as mine. To be able to have a chance to do it on one of the most high-pressure teams in the history of sports and have a chance to continue to do it -- I think it would be tough to go somewhere else. The grass might seem greener on the other side, but it's not always that way. I kind of like the challenge of being here, the bad weather, the pressure of the big games."

There's definitely a lot of pressure kicking for the Patriots. They play in a ton of important games each season, including four Super Bowl appearances in the last five years. 

Gostkowski has handled the pressure quite well since he was drafted in 2006 and shortly thereafter became the team's starting kicker. The 35-year-old has converted on 87.38 percent of his field goal attempts, which is the third-best rate in league history. Gostkowki went 2-for-3 on field goals in the Patriots' 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in February.

It's possible Gostkowski could have made more money with a different team, but it sounds like having a great chance to play in the playoffs every season means a lot to him. He's played in six Super Bowls with the Patriots, which is the most by one kicker in league history.

"My daughter's been to three Super Bowls and she's not even three yet," Gostkowski said. "My oldest son has been to five. It's a dream come true."

Gostkowski made 27 of his 32 field goal attempts and 49 of 50 extra point attempts last season. He's been selected to four Pro Bowl and two All-Pro teams.

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Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers, ex-Pats Sterling Moore, a cornerback, and Sealver Siliga, a defensive tackle, were among the players with New England ties selected in the XFL draft.

The spring football league that played one season in 2001 is being rebooted and will begin play in February with eight teams. Its two-day draft concluded Wednesday.

Players were picked in five phases of the draft in the following order: skill position, offensive line, defensive front seven and defensive backs. An open portion concluded the draft.

Flowers, 27, who played for the Patriots in 2017, was selected with the Dallas Renegades' second pick of the open portion.

Siliga, 29, a Patriot from 2012-15, also went to Dallas with their second pick of the front seven phase.

Moore, 29, known for stripping the ball from Baltimore Ravens receiver Lee Evans in the end zone and denying what would've been a winning touchdown catch in the Pats' 2011 AFC Championship Game victory, was picked by the Seattle Dragons in the defensive back phase.

Other notable ex-Patriots, defensive end Kony Ealy, acquired in a trade by New England in 2017 but cut that summer in training camp, was the first pick of the Houston Roughnecks in the open phase. Running back Ralph Webb, an undrafted free agent who had a strong preseason opener in 2018 before being cut, was the first pick of the Tampa Bay Vipers in the open phase and linebacker Scooby Wright, who played for the Patriots this past preseason and was cut from their practice squad Oct. 1, was chosen by the DC Defenders in the front-seven phase. 

Former Boston College running back Andre Williams was selected by Houston in the skill position phase.

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Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Former Patriot and current Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown was sued by his ex-girlfriend for domestic violence, and he responded to the allegations with a statement via Twitter on Wednesday.

“I am aware that my ex-girlfriend has filed a civil suit against me,” Brown tweeted. “I deny the claims. They are false. I believe in the court system where I will clear my name. I will not be making any further comment at this time.”

The disturbing acts Brown is being accused of allegedly took place over the spring and summer of this year. After helping the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title, the 26-year-old signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Raiders in March.

The NFL is expected to investigate the civil allegations just as it investigated Antonio Brown's, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

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