The Colts longtime kicker recently indicated that he’d like to “play a couple of seasons” and return to the team.
Of course, the feeling has been mutual, as team owner Jim Irsay said that he’d like for Vinatieri to return, as he continues to be one of the NFL’s elite kickers:
"“We’d like to retain Adam,” Irsay said earlier this offseason. “We believe he’s still kicking at a high level. He really takes care of himself.”"
The 43 year old remains one of the NFL’s best kickers, as he converted 25 of 27 field goal attempts (92.6%) last season–including a long of 55 yards and also 32 of his 35 extra point attempts (91.4%).
While the Colts are making a considerable effort to get younger elsewhere–even recently parting ways with veteran backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, the team appears quite content with Vinatieri for the foreseeable future.
Currently, Vinatieri just played on the last year of a 2-year extension that paid him $2.755M.
With quality kickers being held at a premium and the inflation of NFL contracts as a whole, Vinatieri figures to be in-line for a bit of a pay raise.
While Vinatieri has little else to actually accomplish as far as kicking goes, he has said in the past that he’d like to catch fellow kicking greats Morten Andersen (2,544) and Gary Anderson (2,434) for the most career points all-time.
Currently, Vinatieri is 3rd at 2,253 points for most career points all-time and still trails his two legendary kicking counterparts:
"“Now it’s about I kind of want to catch Mort and Gary,” Vinatieri said about continuing his playing career. “They’re way out in front of me. It’ll take me a long time. We’ll see how it goes. I say that with all due respect for those two guys. I’ve always said I want to win another Super Bowl. There are no guarantees. We’ll see where it goes.”"
Nevertheless, Vinatieri remains one of the NFL’s best kickers, and it’s great to see that the Colts are working diligently in getting a new deal done with the future Hall of Fame kicker: