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Colts Kicker Adam Vinatieri Wants to Return to the Team in 2018

Colts place kicker Adam Vinatieri turns 45 this week. With one game left in his 22nd NFL season, and his two-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts expiring at the end of the year, Vinatieri plans on playing at least one more year, Andrew Walker of reports.

“Indianapolis is home to me and my family. I love the Irsay family, but I understand this is a business,” Vinatieri said. “I just know I’m going to play another year.”

Vinatieri has, amazingly, gotten better with age, especially since turning 40 towards the end of the 2012 regular season, one year after signing a three-year deal to remain in Indianapolis. Since the 2013 season, he has connected on 141-of-156 field goals for a 90.4 percent success rate, which is almost six percentage points better than his career 84.5 field goal percentage.

Vinatieri has also improved from longer distances; prior to 2013, he had made 16 kicks from 50 yards or more in his first 17 seasons; he has made 22 of them from that distance in the five seasons since.

This season has certainly been an interesting, if not at-times frustrating, one for VInatieri, who has been in the unfortunate position of trying to kick in a blizzard at Buffalo a couple weeks back, going 0-for-2 with six inches of snow on the ground but hitting a key 43-yard extra point late in the fourth quarter, and then trying to make kicks in a constant downpour Saturday against the Ravens.

Vinatieri missed two field goal tries again against the Ravens, but one was blocked, while the other barely missed from 60 yards out at the end of the first half. Had he connected, it would’ve been his career-long by three yards.

“I felt I really hit it well,” he said of the attempt. “I just kept waiting for the officials to put their hands up, but I guess it was a little short. It left my foot and it felt well. I thought I had enough. When they sent me out there I had enough confidence that I could make that kick.”

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