Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reported Wednesday night via Twitter that the Patriots have extended Stephen Gostkowski, after the kicker agreed to a four year contract extension.

According to Rapoport Gostkowski’s deal is roughly $3.5-million per year with a total value of almost $14 million.   $5 million of his deal is reportedly guaranteed.

He’s been quite accurate since replacing long-time kicker Adam Vinatieri, hitting 103-of-121 during his career in New England, and so far his 85.1 percent accuracy rate is the highest in Patriots history.  It appears New England appreciates what he’s done and is rewarding him accordingly, as Gostkowski was a restricted free agent this offseason and had signed a one-year tender of $1.79 million.  Obviously this new deal is quite a raise, and hopefully we’ll get to see four more great years from him.