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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Colts make a deal to get in position for punter

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The Colts did not make a bid to retain punter Hunter Smith when he got to free agency, and they likely just traded into No. 222 in the seventh round to grab his replacement -- West Virginia's Pat McAfee.

McAfee punted and kicked for the Mountaineers, and perhaps he could also work as a kickoff guy in Indy. Adam Vinatieri had only eight touchbacks last season, while four teams in the league, including the rival Titans, had 22 or more.

Finding trade details has been unreasonably difficult this weekend. But my special source at Radio City Music Hall -- our NFC East ace Matt Mosley -- just told me the Colts gave the Eagles a sixth-round pick in 2010 to get to McAfee.

Before the draft, Mike Dragosavich was the lone punter on the Colts' roster.