RTC: Vinatieri a franchise tag option?

February, 26, 2014
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Here's Wednesday's Reading The Coverage:
  • Cornerback Vontae Davis and safety Antoine Bethea are the two names often talked about when it comes to the Colts using the franchise tag. But Mike Chappell, the Colts longtime beat writer at the Indy Star, writes that the ageless-kicker Adam Vinatieri could be an option. “The cost for a tagged placekicker is $3.4 million, although it would be about $4 million for Vinatieri,” Chappell writes. “The CBA calls for a player to be paid the franchise figure or a 20 percent increase over his previous season's salary-cap figure, whichever is higher. Vinatieri was on the books for $3.4 million in '13.” Vinatieri, 41, is heading into his 19th season. He said after last season that he believes he can still play several more seasons. The deadline to franchise tag a player is March 3.
  • Colts.com has Part II of quarterback Andrew Luck's love for futbol. This time linebacker Bjoern Werner is in the mix. Werner is from Germany and Luck became passionate about soccer while living in Europe as a kid. “We've been talking a lot of smack about the World Cup draw,” Luck said of his conversations with Werner. “The group of death ... Germany and America will get through that.”
  • Conrad Brunner from 1070TheFan.com takes his shot at predicting what position the Colts will select in each round of the draft, starting with their first pick in the second round.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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