The Colts just re-signed the veteran kicker to a one year deal to keep him in Indianapolis for another season. But how much longer will he kick for?
Adam Vinatieri has been kicking in the league since before some of his teammates were born. But he has made a Hall Of Fame career out of doing so. He is committed to coming back for at least one more season. But how much longer with the GOAT go?
Vinatieri saw his production slip last season. It was his worst season in 10 years in terms of kicking percentage. He needs to bounce back from his awful last game against the Chiefs in which he missed a field goal and an extra point. But he should be able to do that.
Vinatieri is now 46 years old. He can’t do this forever, even though he would like to. At some point, the Colts are going to want to get a younger guy in there at that position. But they will only do that when Vinatieri proves to be unreliable and inconsistent.
When that day comes is anyone’s guess. Vinatieri could have a bounce back type year in 2019. He has been on record that he wants to keep kicking as long as the Colts will have him. It might be up to the Colts when to shut Vinny down.
If I had to guess, I would say he has one or two years left. He can still hit the long field goals at a good clip. But when he starts missing extra points and short field goals, that is a big problem. I wouldn’t expect that to happen again in 2019.