Colts bring back Adam Vinatieri on a one year deal
There was a question on whether or not the Colts would bring back their Hall of Fame kicker after a rocky end to the 2018 season, but he will be back on a one year deal.
Adam Vinatieri is coming back to Indianapolis. Chris Ballard announced on a local radio show that they have finalized a one year deal to bring him back. Vinatieri is 46 years old and will be kicking in his 24th season in the NFL, most of which have now been in Indy.
Vinatieri didn’t have the strongest finish to the season in 2018. In the Divisional round against the Chiefs, he missed a 24 yard field goal and an extra point. He also struggled with injuries this season, having to nurse a groin injury in the middle part of the year.
This answers the question about who will be kicking for the Colts in 2019. Even though Vinny struggled at times, he still showed he is more than capable of making long kicks. He hit a 54 yarder this season, so he can still boot it pretty well.
At some point, the Colts are going to need to get younger at kicker. That very well could be after next season depending on if Vinatieri decides he wants to retire. But right now, a reliable kicker is all you can ask for, especially considering the kicking woes other teams are currently having.
Not only does Vinatieri help the kicking game, but he gives some leadership as well. He is by far the oldest guy in the NFL, and is the only remaining player on the roster from either of the Colts’ trips to the Super Bowl. He can help the younger guys find their way in this league.
This is a good decision for the Colts to bring him back. He will continue to be solid and help the Colts win games in 2019.