Adam Vinatieri, Colts Agree to 1-Year Contract for Kicker's 24th Season

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 16:  Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts kicks a field goal against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 16, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Adam Vinatieri will be back in an Indianapolis Colts uniform for his 24th NFL season.

The Colts announced the deal Monday after ESPN's Adam Schefter passed along the agreement Friday. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Vinatieri's deal is worth $3.875 million.

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Vinatieri spent the first 10 years of his career with the New England Patriots, and the last 13 have been with the Colts. He'll now need to be ready for his 14th season in Indianapolis after drilling 85.2 percent of his field goals in 2018. 

Perhaps more impressive, Vinatieri remained reliable from long distance as he helped key the Colts' AFC South title run. Specifically, the 46-year-old went 5-of-6 on all kicks between 40-49 yards and 4-of-6 on attempts from at least 50 yards out. 

If there was a downside, it was that Vinatieri's season came to a sour end in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs when he missed a chip-shot field goal and extra point in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs

But now that he's committed to at least one more year, the ageless wonder should set his sights on avenging the postseason slip-up in hopes of capping off his career in style.

He'll also get the chance to further extend his lead as the NFL's all-time leading scorer, a record he took from fellow kicker Morten Andersen in October.


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