McAfee knows Luck brings chance at title

March, 7, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Punter Pat McAfee was talking about the positives and negatives of different NFL cities last season when the attention turned to Indianapolis.

McAfee, whose locker is in the middle of the room, pointed to the far end at quarterback Andrew Luck's locker.

Luck is the reason why free agents would want to play for the Colts, McAfee said.

Luck will be the Colts' franchise player for years to come, and if the first two years of his career are any indication, Indianapolis will have an opportunity to be Super Bowl champions at some point.

McAfee will remain Luck's teammate after he announced that he re-signed with the Colts for five years. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 11 after playing under the $2.9 million franchise tag last season. McAfee's deal is worth $14 million with $5 million guaranteed, according to FoxSports.com


McAfee was arrested for public intoxication after he decided to take a swim in a canal in 2010. He bounced back from that embarrassing incident and became a fan favorite. That’s understandable with his outgoing personality.

McAfee, drafted in the seventh round in 2009, handles punting and kickoff duties for the Colts. He’s at the top of the team’s record books with 387 total kickoffs and 164 touchbacks, gross punting average (45.6) and net average (38.4). He set a club single-season record for gross (48.2) and net (40.3) averages in 2012.

And as an added bonus, McAfee has no problem sacrificing his body to make a touchdown-saving tackle on returns.

McAfee is the second move by the Colts in as many days. They signed linebacker D'Qwell Jackson to a four-year, $22-million contract on Thursday. Cornerback Vontae Davis, safety Antoine Bethea and placekicker Adam Vinatieri are other key free agents for the Colts.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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