Adam Vinatieri is officially returning for a 21st NFL season. The veteran kicker agreed to a new contract with the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday, where he'll continue his career through his age-43 season, the team announced.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the contract was for two years and worth $6 million.
Vinatieri has spent the last decade with the Colts, joining them in 2006 after a 10-year stint with the New England Patriots. He made 25 of 27 field goals last season and has only missed three total in the past two seasons.
“For me I’ve always said I want to do it as long as I’m an asset, not a liability,” Vinatieri said, per Mike Wells of ESPN.com. “I feel like I can still do it at a high level and I still love it.”
Given his production and the stability he's offered the Colts' kicking game, it stood to reason that they would bring him back for at least another season. Vinatieri has also been public with his desire to finish his career in Indianapolis.
“Kids don’t know anything other than Colts football,” Vinatieri told reporters in January. “They don’t remember the (Patriots) stuff. They’ve seen pictures of me on the other team, but they don’t remember it. They don’t know anything about it. In a perfect world I’d love to play a few more years and finish my career here as a Colt and ride off into the sunset. That would be a dream come true.”
Returning to Indy should help, as Vinatieri has shown no signs of slowing down from a production standpoint. He knocked down four of five attempts from 50-plus yards and has hit seven of his last eight dating back to 2014. The four field goals from long distance tied a career high, which he's hit three times—all coming in the last four years.
“Everybody talks about my age so much…my age, my age, my age,” Vinatieri told reporters. “Let’s look at performance stats.”
It's clear the Colts were willing to bank on Vinatieri's performance carrying over. Concerns about him kicking outside of Lucas Oil Stadium shouldn't be much of an issue, given his splits haven't changed much from road to home for most of his career.