The Colts and Vinatieri agreed to a contract extension Tuesday, the team's official site reports. After completing 10 years apiece with both the Patriots and Colts, the symmetry was there for Vinatieri to call it a career, but the 43-year-old will keep on trucking with the latter organization. Despite failing to connect on a field goal until Week 4 this past season, he amassed 100-plus points for the 18th time on the backs of 25 field goals. Moreover, he was proficient from the new extra-point distance, connecting on 32 of 35 attempts. With Andrew Luck unlikely to endure back-to-back injury-plagued campaigns, Vinatieri could be among the elite fantasy options yet again in the fall.
Vinatieri confirmed Tuesday that he intends to play next season, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports. As a 43-year kicker on an expiring contract, there was some reason to question whether Vinatieri would return for his 21st NFL season in 2016. However, after weighing the decision during the off season, the veteran kicker intends to keep playing. "Not only a season, but Lord willing, a couple of years. There will come a time when it's over for me. i don't think that time is yet," Vinatieri told the Indianapolis Star. Vinatieri only attempted 27 field goals last season, but he converted on 25 of them (92.6, ranking him fourth in the league) and he was a perfect 8-for-8 between 40 and 49 yards. His contract is set to expire in the near future, but all indications are that he will try to return to the Colts for his 11th season with the organization.
Vinatieri made all three field goals he attempted, including a 52-yarder, during Sunday's win over the Titans. Vinatieri also connected on all three of his extra point attempts in the final game of his 20th NFL season. He finishes the 2015 campaign having made 25-of-27 field-goal attempts, including a long of 55 yards, to go along with 32-of-35 extra points. The 43-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and retirement could be on the horizon.
Vinatieri made his only field-goal attempt from 44 yards in Sunday's win at Atlanta for his career 26th winning kick in either the final minute of regulation or overtime, the Associated Press reports. Vinatieri also made all three of his extra point attempts. After missing a field goal in each of his first two games, Vinatieri has made 12 consecutive field goals - including three from 50 yards or more.
Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri missed his only field goal attempt on Sunday against the Patriots. Vinatieri had a chance at a 51 yard field goal on the team's second drive of the game, but couldn't convert. He missed wide right. Vinatieri did not receive another attempt, but did hit his only extra point.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||San Diego Chargers||23||8.00|
|8||10/30||Kansas City Chiefs||1||5.00|
|9||11/06||@Green Bay Packers||7||6.67|
|13||12/06||@New York Jets||11||6.94|