Vinatieri officially re-signs with Colts

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri speaks to the media in the locker room at the NFL team's facility in Indianapolis, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)


The Indianapolis Colts officially re-signed Adam Vinatieri to a contract extension Monday.

“Adam is not only one of the greatest Colts in team history, but one of the greatest players in NFL history,” Colts General Manager Chris Ballard said in a statement. “He is an ideal representative for our organization, the Indianapolis community and Colts fans everywhere. We value Adam’s reliability and feel he will continue to kick at a high level. In addition to his performance on the field, he brings a tremendous amount of leadership to our locker room. He sets the standard for what it means to be a professional and how to properly prepare, especially for our younger players. We’re privileged to watch him continue his iconic career for another season.”

Vinatieri, 6-0, 212 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 22, 2006. In Indianapolis, Vinatieri has converted 319-of-369 field goal attempts (86.4 percent) and 485-of-496 PATs for 1,442 points. He owns the Colts record for points scored, extra points made and field goals made. Vinatieri was a member of the Colts Super Bowl XLI championship team. He has played in the second-most playoff games (32) in league history and holds multiple career NFL postseason records, including points scored (238) and field goals made (56).

This past season alone, Vinatieri converted 23-of-27 field goals (85.2 percent) and 44-of-47 PATs for 113 points. It marked his 21st 100-point season of his career, which extended his NFL record. Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 8. In the Colts’ 42-28 win over the Oakland Raiders, he converted two-of-two field goals and four-of-four PATs for 10 points. After converting a PAT and a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter, Vinatieri made a 25-yard field goal towards the end of the first half to pass Morten Andersen for the most career points by any player in NFL history. He became the fourth player ever to play in an NFL game at 46 years or older and was just the second player to appear in a playoff game at 46 years or older.

Vinatieri joined the Colts after playing 10 seasons (1996-2005) with the New England Patriots. He is the only kicker in NFL history to record successful field goals in four Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX and XLI).