Vinatieri is finalizing a one-year contract to stay with the Colts for 2019, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The 46-year-old future Hall of Famer remained effective in 2018, converting 23 of 27 field-goal attempts (85.2 percent) and 44 of 47 extra-point tries (93.6 percent). Attached to an Andrew Luck-Frank Reich offense and still capable of drilling kicks in the range of 50 to 55 yards, Vinatieri profiles as a top-10 option at his position for 2019 fantasy drafts.
The Colts are interested in re-signing Vinatieri this offseason, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports. On Sunday, Vinatieri expressed a desire to return if the Colts offered him another contract, according to Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star. After a meeting between the kicker and general manager Chris Ballard on Tuesday, there is mutual interest, but neither side is in a hurry to make a decision with free agency two months away. During the 2018 season, Vinatieri set NFL records for scoring (2,600 points) and field goals made (582). Those numbers are a product of longevity, but he also knocked through 85.2 percent (23 of 27) of his field-goal attempts, including a 4-for-6 mark from 50-plus yards. The end of his campaign wasn't as rosy -- he missed a 23-yarder and an extra point in Saturday's divisional-round loss at Kansas City -- but the 46-year-old otherwise hasn't shown any signs of slipping at his advanced age.
Vinatieri connected on 23 of 27 field-goal attempts and made 44 of 47 extra-point tries in 2018. Vinatieri saw his lowest amount of regular season field-goal tries since 2015, but he managed to remain a solid fantasy option due to reliable accuracy and a large volume of extra-point attempts. The 46-year-old veteran is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and it remains to be seen whether the NFL's all-time leading scorer will play in 2019.
Vinatieri hit on all four of his extra-point attempts in Sunday's win over the Giants. Vinatieri didn't attempt a field goal for the third time this season. On the year, the 45-year old is hitting on 84 percent of his field goals and 95 percent of his extra points. He'll aim to finish the regular season strong against the Titans in Week 17.
Vinatieri converted all three field-goal attempts and both extra-point attempts in Sunday's 23-0 win over the Cowboys. The 11 points ties Vinatieri's most productive game of the season as he converted field goals from 43, 44 and 23 yards. The 45-year-old has made 21 of 25 field goals for the season but has seven games with one or zero made field goals heading into the Week 16 matchup with the Giants.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||6.44|
|5||10/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||7||6.39|
|14||12/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.38|
|15||12/17||@New Orleans Saints||1||5.72|