The Indianapolis Colts inked a deal with kicker Adam Vinatieri to keep him on the team for another two years. The deal likely means that Vinatieri will retire as a member of the Colts as the kicker is 41-years old.
Vinatieri has been in the NFL since 1996 as he played with the New England Patriots until 2005. He became one of the best clutch kickers of all time as a member of the Patriots as he won three Super Bowls in New England. He joined the Colts in 2006 and immediately gave them stability in the kicking game. He was a key contributor to the 2007 Super Bowl team as that gave him four rings during his NFL tenure.
The signing also means Indianapolis won’t have to search for a place kicker for a while. The team signed punter Pat McAfee last week as he made it perfectly known that he would love to give kicking a shot when Vinatieri retires. McAfee, already does the punting and kicking off duties and actually specializes in field goals as he was the place kicker for West Virginia in college. He didn’t take up punting until the Colts drafted him in 2009.
I strongly suspect that McAfee will learn from Vinatieri over the next two seasons and become the first player to do all three kicking duties in 2016.
This move is also good for the Colts as they’re trying to keep as much of the future intact as they did the past two seasons. They were in the midst of a rebuild a few years ago and with how well they’ve performed, they don’t want to lose those key players.
Eric Smith is the Colts writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team since 2010 and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru