INDIANAPOLIS- The Indianapolis Colts are making moves already as they made two crucial ones yesterday in signing linebacker D’Qwell Jackson and releasing starting center Samson Satele. On Friday, they got back at it as they have re-signed punter Pat McAfee.
McAfee let the cat out of the bag on NFL Network this morning as the deal is reportedly for five seasons.
This is big for the Colts as they don’t have to search on the market for a valuable punter like McAfee as he also takes care of kick off duties for the team.
The 26-year-old has played all five seasons in Indianapolis as he’s quickly becoming one of the best punters in the NFL. It’s only a matter of time before he starts making the Pro Bowl roster as he one of the most-likeable players in Indianapolis.
McAfee can also kick field goals and will likely be getting more and more reps in practice and training camp as the team could honestly let McAfee take care of all the kicking duties in the next few seasons.
He has shown to have a boom-stick of a leg as he’s made 70-yard field goals in practice. As of now the Colts don’t have a field goal kicker as Adam Vinatieri is a free agent, but I suspect the Colts sign Vinatieri to a short-term deal and allow him to retire in Indy. From there, I have a strong suspicion that McAfee gets the nod as his replacement to go along with his punting and kickoff duties.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru