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Colts to sign Adam Vinatieri to one-year deal

Adam Vinatieri

Legendary kicker Adam Vinatieri wanted to return for a 23rd NFL season. And apparently, so do the Indianapolis Colts. According to Bob Kravitz of WHTR, the 45-year-old is set to sign a one-year deal to remain with the Colts next season.

Vinatieri has understandably shown signs of slowing down now that he’s in his mid-40s. He was 29-of-34 on field goals last year, which is actually his lowest field goal conversion rate in 2012. However, he still hit 5-of-6 from 50 yards or farther, which shows he still has what it takes to be a well-above-average placekicker in the league.

Vinatieri is about to play his 13th season with the Colts after spending his first 10 years in the league with the New England Patriots. He established himself as one of the greatest clutch kickers in NFL history during his decade with the Patriots as he was instrumental in helping them win their first three Super Bowls. He also helped the Colts to their Super Bowl title in 2007.

Vinatieri has amassed quite a resume over his first 22 seasons in the NFL, enough to make him the front-runner for the title of greatest kicker in league history. And now that he’ll be back for season no. 23 in 2018, he’ll have the opportunity to further cement that claim by breaking a few more NFL records.

He needs 58 more points to overtake Morten Andersen as the all-time NFL points leader. He also needs just seven field goals to top Andersen for the most field goals in NFL history.