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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Indy re-signing Vinatieri right thing to do

By Mike Wells


INDIANAPOLIS -- Re-signing kicker Adam Vinatieri to a two-year deal was not only the right thing, but the only thing to do for the Indianapolis Colts.

Vinatieri isn’t showing any signs of slowing down with his young 41-year-old kicking leg. He’s coming off one of the best seasons in his 18-year career, making 35 of 40 field goal attempts and going a perfect 34-of-34 on extra points.

"I'm pumped that Adam and the Colts were able to come to an agreement,” punter Pat McAfee said. “It's been an absolute honor working with a future Hall of Famer for the past five years, and two more years of that will be wonderful. Adam is a stud, with a lot left in the tank.  I'm excited to help him reach a couple more folks on that all-time scoring list, and most importantly, win a lot more games together for the best franchise in the NFL, the Indianapolis Colts.”

Vinatieri’s professionalism and leadership is huge inside the Colts' locker room, as they continue to climb up the ladder in the AFC.

Re-signing Vinatieri also allows McAfee, who agreed to a five-year deal last week, to learn from one of the best and a possible Hall of Famer. McAfee, who handles kickoff duties, said he would eventually like to kick field goals, too.

“However long he wants to play, I just wanted to know whenever that guy is done, whenever that Hall of Fame career is over, that I just want a fair shake in kicking as well,” McAfee said last week.