Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski signs franchise tender

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski signed his $4.59 million franchise tender. That doesn't preclude Gostkowski from signing a new contract. The deadline for franchise players to sign a new deal is July 15. The salary is now guaranteed for 2015. "Stephen has been extremely productive and a vital component to our success since joining our team in 2006," the Patriots said in a statement when Gostkowski was assigned the tender. "Utilizing the franchise designation allows both sides more time to try to reach an agreement, which is the goal." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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