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The Colts and Pat McAfee will not agree to a long-term contract before Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for franchised players to sign multiyear deals but, regardless, the punter said Sunday he's "ecstatic" to be able to play another season in Indianapolis.
McAfee will be paid $2.977 million this season under his franchise tender, which he signed in April.
McAfee emailed his thoughts on his contract talks earlier Sunday to the Indianapolis Star, which reported that it is unknown if the Colts attempted to negotiate a long-term contract with him before the deadline.
"A long-term deal is obviously something that every player hopes to one day earn. But to have another year in a city that I love, playing for a team with the best locker room in the league and representing a fan base that is the best in the NFL is awesome," he wrote.
He also later tweeted his full statement to his followers on Twitter. (Click on the image to see the statement).
Here's the full quote I sent to @mchappell51 at @IndyStarSports about playing this year on a Franchise tag pic.twitter.com/lQVNP4XSCq— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) July 14, 2013
McAfee finished his fourth NFL season ranked fifth in the league in punting with a 47.9-yard average. His 40.3-yard net average was the best of his career.
He also handles kickoffs for Indianapolis.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.