The Patriots could be seeing old friend Zoltan Mesko in a little more than a week.
Their former punter signed Tuesday with the Bengals. If the Bengals, the third seed in the AFC, knock off San Diego this weekend, Cincinnati will head to New England for next Saturday night’s Divisional Playoff.
Mesko was beaten out for the Patriots punting job by rookie Ryan Allen. Mesko then spent seven games with the Steelers, posting a 36.7 yard net before being released by the Steelers on October 29 on an inconsistency charge.
Allen and Mesko had a very competitive training camp competition and when Allen beat Mesko out, the Patriots were alleged to be making the move merely to save dough.
Given the importance the team puts on the kicking game, the $900,000 savings actually took a backseat to the fact Mesko just didn’t kick as well in 2012 as he did in 2011. The Patriots got that move right.