Adam Vinatieri has been one of the league's most reliable kickers for nearly two decades, and that run has no end in sight as Vinatieri has reportedly signed a two-year contract extension with the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced.
ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news:
Colts re-signed veteran K Adam Vinatieri to a two-year deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star had contract figures for Vinatieri:
Despite the fact that Vinatieri is now 41 years of age, he is coming off one of his best seasons in recent memory. Vinatieri connected on 87.5 percent of his field goals in 2013, and he even nailed four of his six attempts from 50 yards and beyond.
Per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Vinatieri is still doing what he does best at the highest possible level:
Still kicking.... RT @AdamSchefter: Colts re-signed veteran K Adam Vinatieri to a two-year deal, per source.— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) March 11, 2014
Vinatieri is perhaps best known as one of the most clutch kickers in NFL history. Over the course of 10 seasons with the New England Patriots, Vinatieri hit countless big kicks, especially in the playoffs.
That certainly hasn't changed in Indianapolis. After winning three Super Bowls with the Pats, Vinatieri won another with the Colts in 2007.
Indy figures to be a Super Bowl contender moving forward thanks to the presence of quarterback Andrew Luck, and having Vinatieri in the fold will help put Colts fans at ease in pressure-packed moments.
As good as Vinatieri is, he could have trouble adjusting to new kicking rules if they ultimately come to fruition. According to Jim Corbett of USA Today, there have been discussions about making extra points 43 yards long, which is something that Vinatieri doesn't support.
I don't understand the logic: Will it make the game safer for people by moving the extra point back to a 43-yarder? If anything, players are going to rush harder because they're thinking, 'That far of a field goal-type try, we have to go after blocking it more.' If you want to talk about potential risk, more guys get injured on a field goal than extra point. It definitely will change the game. For the better? I'm not sure.
Regardless of what the NFL decides to do, all signs point toward Vinatieri remaining one of the premier kickers in football.
That is no small factor for successful teams in the NFL, so the Colts and their fans have to be happy that Vinatieri will remain in Indy for the foreseeable future.
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