Adam Vinatieri: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent K

Daniel KramerFeatured Columnist

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) reacts after kicking a field goal against the Tennessee Titans during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Adam Vinatieri wants to finish his career as an Indianapolis Colt, but the ball is in the team's court as he prepares to become a free agent on March 9.

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Colts Working on Bringing Vinatieri Back

Tuesday, March 1

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Colts are working on a deal with Vinatieri, adding it was an "open secret" and that the kicker is "very respected" in Indianapolis.

Rapoport called the decision to bring Vinatieri back a "no-brainer."

Irsay Comments on Desire to Keep Vinatieri

Tuesday, Feb. 9

“We’d like to retain Adam,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said, per Mike Wells of ESPN. “We believe he’s still kicking at a high level. He really takes care of himself. ... [Vinatieri] and Pat [McAfee] really complement each other. That’s been one of the strengths of our football team, those two guys. We do not underestimate what those two guys have meant to us.”

Vinatieri Announces Return for 2016

Tuesday, Feb. 9

“Not only a season, but Lord willing, a couple of years,” Vinatieri told Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. “There will come a time when it’s over for me. I don’t think that time is yet. I enjoy playing. I enjoy doing my thing.”

Vinatieri Comments on Future with Colts

Monday, Jan. 11

“Whenever your contract’s up, it’s a negotiation thing,” Vinatieri said, per Mike Chappell of CBS4 Indy. “We’ll see if they want me back or if someone else wants me. We’ll keep going.”

He reiterated that he’s still in great shape and plans to suit up next season—whether with Indy or not, per Chappell: "I still feel good. My body feels good. I feel like I still can contribute. I’m going to talk to my wife after the season’s over, but I have every intention of playing next year. Hopefully it’s here."

Vinatieri Remains One of League's Top Kickers

Vinatieri is coming off a two-year contract worth $5 million and was the eighth-highest-paid kicker last season, per Spotrac

And given his track record of sustained success—he was 25-of-27 on field goals this season—it seems likely someone will take a chance on paying him.

Gregg Doyel and Keefer of the Indianapolis Star added context to the veteran kicker’s longevity for production—a key reason the Colts should consider keeping him: 

A four-time Super Bowl winner between stints with the Colts and New England Patriots, each 10 years, Vinatieri has become synonymous with late-game heroics.

He twice kicked a game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the Super Bowl to secure victory for the Patriots. His teams have missed the playoffs just six times, including this season. 

Vinatieri's 503 career field goals are third-most in NFL history, and he’s led the league in conversion rates three times, most recently in 2014 at 96.8 percent. 

While the career numbers are a marvel, Vinatieri should be re-signed for his most recent contributions. He’s still as consistent as ever and boasts two decades of NFL experience the Colts could lean on for leadership as they try to rebound from an underachieving 8-8 season.