Re-signing Punter Pat McAfee Will be one of Biggest Keys for the Indianapolis Colts

By Scott DelleFave
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The 2013 off-season is well on its way and this is the time where teams are re-signing their own guys for at least one more year, the Indianapolis Colts are no exception, however, so far they’ve already said that they won’t bring back one of their biggest names in Dwight Freeney. With that news, the next biggest name for the Colts to bring back is Pat McAfee, as he is the teams’ punter and kick off specialist, and that versatility will pay off in this off-season.

McAfee was drafted by the Colts in the seventh round as a member of the West Virginia University Mountaineers  as the team’s kicker and punter. As a junior, McAfee earned Big East Special Team Player of the week honors three times in 2007 and was named second-team All-Big East. He started the Senior Bowl as the South team’s kicker. McAfee had an excellent rookie year too, as he punted for a career best 46.6 punting average. Over the length of his career he’s still booming the ball at 45.4 yards a clip. In addition to the work he does on the field, he’s also an extremely generous person off the field when creating the Pat McAfee Foundation which is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of providing assistance for the sons and daughters of military personnel, and he started with his father, Tim.

McAfee deserves a solid contract from the Colts, something like four or five years and roughly $2.5 million a year with about half of the contract guaranteed.

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