Colts, Vinatieri reach agreement
The Indianapolis Colts have reached a deal to keep kicker Adam Vinatieri on the team.
The Colts faced a 4:00 pm deadline Tuesday as his free-agency signing period approached. According to reports, the new agreement is for two years.
Statistics from the Colts:
Vinatieri recorded the second-highest single-season point total (139) of his 18-year career and the third-highest mark in Colts history in 2013. For the season, he converted a career-high 35-of-40 field goal attempts and 34-of-34 PATs. His 35 made field goals ranked third in franchise history and tied for 12th in NFL history. He also tied a career-high with four 50-yard field goals made.
Vinatieri became the seventh player in NFL history to score 2,000 career points and the second to post 800 points with two different teams in 2013. He tied Jason Elam for the most 100-point seasons (16) in NFL history and ranks fifth in points scored (2,006), sixth in PATs made (660) and seventh in field goals made (448). In the playoffs, Vinatieri passed Gary Anderson and David Akers for the most PATs made (60) in NFL postseason history. He also became the first player in NFL history to score 200 career points in the postseason and ranks tied for second with 27 career games played in the playoffs.
Vinatieri earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors on two occasions in 2013. In Week 6 at San Diego, he converted two field goals of 50-plus yards in a single game for the first time in his career. In Week 13 against Tennessee, Vinatieri tied a career-high with five made field goals overall and tied an NFL record for successful field goals made from 40-49 yards in a single game with four.
For his career, Vinatieri has converted 448-of-540 field goals and 660-of-670 PATs for 2,006 regular season points, including one two-point conversion, in 274 games played. In 27 postseason contests, he has hit 51-of-61 field goals and 60-of-60 PATs for 213 total points.
Vinatieri was first signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 22, 2006 after spending 10 seasons (1996-2005) with the New England Patriots. He was originally signed by the Patriots as a free agent on June 28, 1996. Vinatieri was a four-year letterman at South Dakota State where he finished as the school's all-time leading scorer with 185 career points.