Adam Vinatieri had his worst regular season in five years, and missed the shortest post-season field goal of his career. Should the Colts re-sign him or just let him retire?
There is one player left on the Colts’ roster who won a Super Bowl with the team. That player is Adam Vinatieri. That 2006 season was his first season as a Colt. He has played 12 more in a Colts uniform since then. But his year could be his last.
Vinatieri had his worst season since 2012, only hitting 85.2% of his kicks. He also missed three extra points. In the playoffs, he missed a 23 yard field goal and an extra point against the Chiefs. It looks like Father Time might finally be catching up to him.
Vinatieri indicated that he would love to come back if the Colts would have him. He said he would think about things for a couple of weeks though after meeting with the team. This puts Chris Ballard in an interesting but awkward spot. Do you re-sign him or let him retire?
As bad as he was this season, he has been pretty good compared to other kickers around the league. There were plenty of teams this season who had issues with field goal kickers. There were plenty of teams that lost games because of them. Vinatieri wasn’t that bad.
But you have to look at things pragmatically. He is 46 years old now and struggled with some injuries this season. He can’t kick forever. Now might be a good time to move on and get a younger guy who can take the mantle for the next ten years.
Whatever the Colts decide to do, Vinatieri has done a lot for this organization. He will be a no doubt Hall of Famer, and Colts fans are happy he came to their team.