New England used four kickers last season, with Kai Forbath, Nick Folk and Mike Nugent taking turns replacing the injured Gostkowski.
The only concern for Gostkowski is his health, as he played in four games last season and had in-season hip surgery. He also kicked in 28 playoff games for the Patriots, converting field goals at an 88.6 percent rate (39-for-44) and hitting 95.7 percent of extra points.
Gostkowski was a rock for New England, with enough leg to bite through the bitter weather in Foxboro in pivotal games in December and January.
The news comes during an offseason of significant turnover for the team, with quarterback Tom Brady leaving for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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If he's looking to the free-agent market for a kicker, Gostkowski is the best of the bunch by a mile. A 35-year-old journeyman kicker is not a long-term solution. Former Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop and former Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein are the only other free agent kickers that were with a team last season.
That's an enormous compliment from Belichick, who has always valued special teams more than most coaches in the NFL. Houston also has the added benefit of already watching Blankenship kick in person during live game action, as opposed to in a scheduled draft workout like other National Football League teams have to.
Blankenship and Bass, in particular, stand out as high upside kickers who have a good shot at making it in the NFL.
The Patriots, who have about $23 million in cap charges for players not on their roster, now have no kickers on the team.