The last of the Patriots’ marquee free agents is coming back to Foxborough.
Longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who remained unsigned for nearly a month, has re-signed with the Patriots on a two-year deal, a source confirmed.
One of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, Gostkowski converted 84.4 percent of his field goals a year ago, ranking 20th in the league. That figure was tied for his lowest conversion rate since 2012.
Even so, Gostkowski rarely left easy points on the board. He made 35 consecutive kicks inside 50 yards to start the season. His first miss from inside the 50-yard mark came in a Week 13 win over the Vikings.
Gostkowski, 35, will enter his 14th season with the Patriots. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 draft as Adam Vinatieri’s successor and has exceeded all expectations.
Head coach Bill Belichick described Gostkowski as “very accountable, dependable, physically and mentally tough player.”
Gostkowski is the fifth Patriots free agent to re-sign with the team. In addition to their two specialists, the Pats brought back wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, cornerback Jason McCourty and linebacker John Simon.
The club did not re-sign its two prominent free agents in defensive end Trey Flowers (Lions) and offensive tackle Trent Brown (Raiders). The departures of both players could yield compensatory picks in the 2020 draft.
The Patriots also lost defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Saints), wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (Bears), cornerback Eric Rowe (Dolphins) and offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle (Bills).
Wide receiver Chris Hogan, defensive tackle Danny Shelton and running back Jeremy Hill remain unsigned.
Free agent tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has signed a one-year contract with the Patriots, ESPN’s Field Yates reported Wednesday.
A second-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014, Seferian-Jenkins signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars before the 2018 season, but the Jaguars declined his $6.29 million option for 2019.
Last season, he had 11 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown in five games before being placed on injured reserve with a core muscle injury.
In five seasons with the Jaguars, Buccaneers and New York Jets, he played in 43 games (29 starts) and has 116 receptions for 1,160 yards with 11 touchdowns.
— Field Level Media